Children of the New World: Stories

Set in the near future, Alexander Weinstein’s collection of speculative fiction explores our increasingly dependent relationship with technology. The characters in these stories openly have affairs via virtual reality, pay people to create memories for them, give birth to e-children and raise their families in an online simulation, and mourn the loss of outdated androids withContinue reading “Children of the New World: Stories”

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

In her mid-thirties, Olivia Laing moved from England to New York City for a relationship, only for the romance to fizzle out shortly after her arrival. Heartbroken and alone in a city of millions of people, she sunk into the realm of intense loneliness that most people try desperately to avoid. Drawing from these experiences,Continue reading “The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone”

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not to Have Kids

A few years ago, before I hit the big 3-0, one of my older students asked if I had kids. I told her no, and she immediately started scolding me, saying that time was running out and that I needed to start trying to get pregnant so that I wouldn’t be too old to enjoyContinue reading “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not to Have Kids”

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade; before that, illegal abortions claimed the lives or the fertility of thousands of women around the United States. But though abortion has been safe and legal for decades, the battle over abortion access wages on. In Texas, for instance, there were 41 clinics providing abortion services. AfterContinue reading “Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights”