Category: News

Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?

This July, the World Health Organization declared that an outbreak of Ebola in the provinces of Ituri and North-Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, was a “public health emergency of international concern.” This particular strain of the virus, which first appeared in the region in 2018 and hasn’t been given a formal…

By JohnValbyNation August 8, 2019 0

Toni Morrison and What Our Mothers Couldn’t Say

My mourning mind, compromised and searching for coincidence, processes the age Toni Morrison was when she died, eighty-eight, as two infinity signs, straightened and snatched right-side up. If we are Morrison-fearing, as some others are with their icons, well, we were socialized by her novels. What an experience, to be mothered on one plane by…

By JohnValbyNation August 8, 2019 0

Kara Walker’s Toni Morrison

On Monday, Toni Morrison died in New York. Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, the second of four children in a working-class family. She would, in time, become a renowned editor, fostering a generation of black writers. Then she took to the page herself, producing a body of work—novels, criticism, essays, speeches—that would…

By JohnValbyNation August 8, 2019 0

Toni Morrison, the Teacher

Whenever I think about Toni Morrison, I think about my favorite teacher, Deborah Stanford, a black woman who, when I was in high school, helped me to understand that to read seriously was a discipline and a privilege, and that an author who helps us to do it is a kind of hero. Her brand…

By JohnValbyNation August 8, 2019 0

How Many

This is the sixth story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from 2017 and 2018, here. The first one takes you back to his place, on Mandell. He asks you to top him and you do and that’s it. The second one chats you…

By JohnValbyNation August 8, 2019 0

How Social Media Shapes Our Identity

Last year, I had a strange dream. My father and I were wading in an industrial canal, reminiscent of a subway, as thousands of hatchery-raised fish were being released into it. The fish crowded, slimy, around our legs, and I knew (in the way that one knows in a dream) that they thought, as they…

By JohnValbyNation August 8, 2019 0