Poem: Hydrostatic Force

Hydrostatic Force   Sometimes The swelling comes   Ribs become cage   I curl fingers Over sternum I tug To split skin and sinew For escape   But there is none   The swelling does not pass Rather it ebbs Waiting on the tide Before it flows back in   But does this feeling truly... Continue Reading →

Cyborgs Pt. 2: Cellular Agencies in Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea

Kathryn Cai Reviews of Chang-rae Lee’s 2014 novel On Such a Full Sea note its “bureaucratic aesthetic,”[1] its unsatisfactory narrative trajectory in which nothing seems to build, and Fan as an opaque, “monochromatic,”[2] and ultimately unsatisfactory heroine lacking in interiority,[3] particularly compared to the “adventure” heroines, such as Katniss Everdeen, that populate conventional heroic and dystopic... Continue Reading →

The Myth of Miscarriage: An Early Modern Legacy

If a medical school student or resident looked up “miscarriage” in the index of Blueprints Obstetrics & Gynecology (2013), they would be directed to “spontaneous abortion.” Denoting a pregnancy that ends before 20 weeks, spontaneous abortion occurs in 15% to 25% of all pregnancies, and this “number may be even higher because losses that occur... Continue Reading →

Bad Readers or Bad Sci-Fi?

Anna Fenton-Hathaway 1. A recent lunch conversation skittered around awhile before landing, not atypically these days, on how we should all be preparing for the AI apocalypse. My husband tends to imagine the impact of artificial intelligence in terms of employment, a la Kevin Drum’s “You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot.” But our friends... Continue Reading →

The “Fake News” of pain reporting

Shortly after Ronald Reagan’s administration came to power in the United States in 1981, Health and Human Services secretary Richard Schweiker began expelling scores of individuals from the Social Security disability rolls. His argument: their pain was not real. Instead, he argued—along with Social Security commissioner John Svahn, and White House policy analyst Peter Ferrara—benefits... Continue Reading →

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