MQR thanks our readers for helping to spread the word about the 2014-2015 blog contributor application process, and we thank all who applied for sharing your ideas and work with us. We are pleased to announce a wonderful line-up of returning and new contributors. Covering a diverse range of interests, occupations, preoccupations, and geographies, MQR’s 2014-2015 Blog Crew: Gina Balibrera, Kaveh Bassiri, Mary Camille Beckman, Ashley David, Leah Falk, Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Kevin Haworth, Robert Sparrow Jones, Oksana Lutsyshyna, Airea Dee Matthews, Eric McDowell, Paula Mendoza, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Claire Skinner, Ann Marie Thornburg, Zoe Tuck, and Lillian Yi.
* Claire Skinner *
One day last week, after dropping my dad off at the airport for a flight back east, I found myself with seven empty hours to spare in Las Vegas. Only May, but already hot–101 degrees. And with the dry wind blowing down from the mountains, it felt even hotter
* Mary Camille Beckman *
What value does the culture place on this “girl-woman transition” that it won’t name the people going through it? Robert Altman’s film 3 Women (1977) doesn’t quite answer this question. It does, however, dramatize its premise: the problem of inhabiting an unnamed space. And it does so by launching two of its three title characters—Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall) and Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek)—into that girl-woman no man’s land. The dramatic tension that arises propels 3 Women forward.
* Kevin Haworth *
I had started driving at six-thirty that morning, heading from my home in Appalachian Ohio to the central part of Iowa. Once I escaped Columbus’s orbit (and its early morning traffic), the roads became so straight I steered with a single finger on the wheel. With cruise control and well-balanced tires, driving through the middle states is an act requiring little intervention. Miles passed under the car like loose thoughts. Every time I blinked, another half-hour had gone by.
* Paula Mendoza *
‘Language Justice’ is a term I was wholly unfamiliar with before this encounter. Hearing those two words together, and thinking of what it had to do with this magic book bike, sent a charge through my brain.