Why Write? #26: Marla Cinilia

Why Write? #26: Marla Cinilia

    I write to return home. I write because I’ve been away a long time, but that doesn’t excuse my forgetting. I write to memorize by sight the difference between a hawk and a turkey vulture, to remember that while both birds coast on invisible currents of wind, the...
Why Write #25: Gary Lenhart

Why Write #25: Gary Lenhart

    When I mentioned to my mother that I had more than thirty term essays to read over a weekend, she replied, “Aren’t you lucky that you found a job where you get paid to read? You’ve always liked to read.” I didn’t come from a family of readers; we were baseball-mad...
Why Write? #24: Ross McMeekin

Why Write? #24: Ross McMeekin

    I spent my first two years of undergraduate studies as a Jazz Performance major. I played guitar, and was proficient, but not because of any thoughtful understanding of music itself; theory and most of the other core classes that didn’t involve playing were a...
Why Write #23: Jennifer Militello

Why Write #23: Jennifer Militello

I remember visiting the Boston Museum of Science as a child and stumbling on a long lit case into which was affixed a room-length, finger-width crust of sand, a rod of sand that lightning had passed through and melted to glass. A shape hollowed out by the sheer power...
Why Write? #22: Weston Cutter

Why Write? #22: Weston Cutter

    Early this week I was reprimanded by a lifeguard at the YMCA for having knocked overly aggressively on the locked door between the showers and the pool. It was 1:05pm, and the door should’ve been open for Family/Lap Swim. I knocked loudly, twice, and waited...
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