May 7th, 2017: Intro

We host a discussion club every few weeks where we choose a thought-provoking subject to come together to share and discuss articles and other forms of writing about.  For the first discussion group, everyone 


To the Harbormaster by Frank O’Hara

submitted by Beth B

“I wanted to be sure to reach you;
though my ship was on the way it got caught
in some moorings. I am always tying up
and then deciding to depart. In storms and
at sunset, with the metallic coils of the tide
around my fathomless arms, I am unable
to understand the forms of my vanity
or I am hard alee with my Polish rudder
in my hand and the sun sinking. To
you I offer my hull and the tattered cordage
of my will. The terrible channels where
the wind drives me against the brown lips
of the reeds are not all behind me. Yet
I trust the sanity of my vessel; and
if it sinks, it may well be in answer
to the reasoning of the eternal voices,
the waves which have kept me from reaching you." _____________________________________________________________________________

My Father Spent 30 Years in Prison. Now He’s Out. By Ashley C. Ford (originally published by


submitted by Maggie Bolles


 No Labels, No Drama, Right? By Jordana Narin (originally published by The New York Times)

submitted by Marisol Samayoa


One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick by Kate Murphy (originally published by The New York Times)

submitted by Dana Bodourov


America’s Most Political Food by Lauren Collins (originally published by The New Yorker)

submitted by Mary Knauf


Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul by Joshua Rothman (originally published in The New Yorker)

submitted by Gabrielle Costa


Existential Riddles by Ethan Kuperberg (originally published in The New Yorker)

submitted by Mukta Mohan


Chris Kraus on the Ambiguous Virtues of Art School (originally published by Artspace)

submitted by Gabriella Sanchez