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March 26, 2018
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I watched Black Mirror’s “Crocodile” episode feeling as if writer/creator Charlie Brooker had gotten into...
February 14, 2018
Suffering and Ash Wednesday
Suffering is the most dissociative word in the Christian lexicon. Raised Catholic, I was taught...
December 28, 2017
The Jealous Prayer
In the first days of my MFA program, one of the mentors—a fiction writer I...
December 25, 2017
The Christmas I Sat Next to a Sex Offender
Last year my husband and I celebrated our first Christmas with our infant daughter. She...
October 10, 2017
Famous Last Words
Towards the end of his life, Winston Churchill famously quipped: “I am ready to meet...
May 12, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Rain”
The emotional landscape of motherhood can often be hard to describe and is underrepresented in...
January 27, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Gravity and Grace”
There was a time, early in my process of conversion to Christianity, when I took...
July 13, 2016
The Cult of Emotion
As a newish, struggling Christian recovering from two years in a fundamentalist youth group, I...
July 01, 2016
Poetry Friday: “For Whom the Resurrection Is the Full Moon Rising” by Mark Wagenaar
This is a poem to stretch the mind. It begins by stretching our imagination to...
June 24, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Daybreak, Winter” by Betsy Sholl
I have a complicated relationship with the sun, having grown up in southern California and...
March 18, 2016
Dancing on the Way to Prison
By John Bryant I’m standing in a circle with thirty singing and swaying old men...
January 29, 2016
The Confessions of X: An Interview with Suzanne M. Wolfe, Part 2
By Gregory Wolfe and Suzanne M. Wolfe Continued from yesterday. Read Part 1 here. GW: One of...
October 14, 2015
Driving the Dark Roads
The other day I got an email from a high-school boyfriend, which drove me headlong...
May 08, 2015
Sugar, Sugar, Part 2: May 8, 2015
Continued from yesterday. When the editors of Good Letters first asked if they could rerun...
April 29, 2015
Sexist Assumptions and the Difficult, Dirty Work of Grace
My husband was deep into a bathroom remodeling project when he asked me to stop...
March 16, 2015
Grace and the Incomplete Flush
Almost two years ago my husband and I bought a condo in a cool old...
December 15, 2014
Crime and Grace Collide in Denis Johnson’s Novels
On the back cover of Denis Johnson’s new novel The Laughing Monsters is a rather...
April 09, 2014
The Prodigal Bears His Scars
My last communion was during a brief suspension of my former church’s policy of forbidding...
October 22, 2013
Only God is an Atheist, Part 1
When she was twenty-one years old, far from home and as yet uncelebrated, Flannery O’Connor...
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