Lisa Wells is a poet and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Granta, The Believer, and n+1. She lives in Seattle and is an editor for The Volta and Letter Machine Editions. She is the author of Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World.
At a meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in 1975, the psychologist Edward Tronick presented a paper that would fundamentally change how we understand infant cognition and human Continue reading
WHEN I WAS a sixteen-year-old naturalist in training, we were instructed to sit in the forest and wait for the return of something called “the baseline symphony.” The baseline symphony was Continue reading
Music evolves within ecosystems just as birdsong adapts to its landscape: canopy birdsong is adapted to canopy foliage, savanna birds to grass. Continue reading
How shall we live after the collapse? Continue reading
This essay is a follow-up to the author’s “Views of the Apocalypse,” a feature in the Winter 2019 issue. CRISES LIKE STORMS, OR HEARTBREAK, OR ILLNESS, have a way of Continue reading
IN THE TIBER VALLEY, about an hour’s drive north of Rome, there is a little medieval village called Orvieto. It was first platted by the Etruscans in the ninth century BCE, Continue reading