Today I write on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. As someone who has been influenced by not a few pagan practitioners and Wiccan wonder workers, along with more conventional priests and monks of various religious varieties, I am attuned to the turning of our planet in the cosmos. Striving to be […]
Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives.
In my last column, the Muse inspired me to write about dreams. And since then, I’ve been thinking about other types of altered consciousness. As a guy who often hangs out with Catholic monks, and who practices “Will Rogers spirituality”—that is, I’ve never met a religion I didn’t like—I take an interest in miracles and […]
Your Storming Bohemian is emphatically a child of the early 70s. At fifteen, I lived in a hippie commune under the guidance of an eccentric psychologist, later diagnosed as bipolar. All I knew is, he was hella fun. Dr. Bill wasn’t the sort to make a fuss about school attendance, regular hours, pot smoking, or […]
Is your big break finally coming? Will you get that novel finished? Are you about to be struck over the head with a mallet of inspiration? All of these questions answered and more, in your February 2016 writer’s horoscope.
If you’re not reading our Tumblr—the aptly titled “Rumblr”—then you’re missing out on GIFs, Friday Reads, and our in-house astrologer who is not actually an astrologer, Madame Clairvoyant. Here’s a preview of her latest dispatch from the stars: Sagittarius: This is a week for feeling a little bit fragile, a little small, a little nervous, a […]
Author Sheila Heti, a long-time astrology naysayer, came across popular U.K. astrologer Jonathan Cainer last year and has been following his daily writings ever since. In conversation at The Believer, Heti asks Cainer about his sense of narrative, time, and ethical obligations. “…If I’m going to say something to somebody, it better be something that […]