It Seems Like We Are Always Thinking About COVID

When I last wrote on November 8, I was optimistic: “those of us who are vaccinated are able now to go out to have a meal, travel, attend a concert or an exhibition or an athletic event and, in general, move about much more freely than before.” The COVID booster and antiviral had become two more arrows in our quiver to fight the virus. 

Book Review: “Can You See Us Now” is better than sex

“Can See Us Now” is much more than chic lit for women of a certain age. Madge, Trish and Suzy are best friends who support one another through thick and thin. Beautiful, accomplished professionals, they are at the peak of their earning careers and their sexual prowess. Despite having all of the trappings of outward success, the three women suffer from one fatal flaw—they’re fifty. 

December 2021 Magazine

Happy December! Enjoy the spirit of the season! This month we feature Dance Conservatory Seattle, Nick Licata's interview of Professor Jelani Cobb, Barbara McMichael's Building Back Better Column that explores the U.S. State Department, and the latest essay by Patricia Vaccarino from her collection "Notes From the Working-class."

Moving Through Space

All dancers are welcome to explore the incredible expanse of space at Dance Conservatory Seattle. This new dance studio is the brainchild of Joshua Grant, Christopher E. Montoya and Sierra Keith. Located in Seattle’s South Park industrial area, the studio is a huge space that is as large as an airport hangar, yet it has the look and feel of a stage.


Patricia Vaccarino writes about William “Bill” Powers who lived about thirty miles northwest of Denver in Longmont, a town famous for its craft breweries. Although Bill lived in Colorado, he never forgot his hometown Yonkers.

Jelani Cobb Reflects on the Matter of Black Lives

Nick Licata interviews  Professor Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has authored three groundbreaking books on race in America. The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker, which he co-authored with David Remnick, came out this fall. It collects many of the most thoughtful writers portraying Black life in America over the last century.

Remembering First Seasons

My memories of first seasons started with my family’s move to Yonkers, New York, when I was 6 years old. During the post-war baby boom, many families took advantage of purchasing their first homes and beginning to live the American Dream. And so that was how we came to live in this small suburb. My parents would purchase this—the only house they would ever own.

Foreign Policy Experts - A Roundup

We asked some foreign policy experts around the country what they’d like to see the State Department prioritize in order to Build Back Better on a global scale. Here’s what they had to say...