writing

essays

MY MAMA KISSED A COCKROACH: Freedom of choice and compassion

MY MAMA KISSED A COCKROACH: Freedom of choice and compassion

Choice is a cornerstone of American society. The songs my classmates and I learned in grade school heralded freedom of choice—room...
February 22, 2015 × 0 comments

writing

ME AND HUCK FINN: Long-ago riverboat days

ME AND HUCK FINN: Long-ago riverboat days

In the summer of 1974 I worked for a month on a towboat, pushing barges up and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. This was...
February 20, 2015 × 0 comments

poetry

POEMS BY ANDREA VOLKEN: The Traveller’s Handbasket, My Religion, I Am Not a Poet

POEMS BY ANDREA VOLKEN: The Traveller’s Handbasket, My Religion, I Am Not a Poet

The Traveller’s Handbasket With every place that I go, And every place that I have been, I am fated to fall in love. So...
February 7, 2015 × 3 comments

fiction

A GLOBAL AWAKENING: A short play about the struggles of a modern-day Planet Earth

A GLOBAL AWAKENING: A short play about the struggles of a modern-day Planet Earth

This play was written for and performed as part of the Vedanta 10 Minute Play Festival at the King Street Theatre in Sydney, Australia...
January 12, 2015 × 0 comments

poetry

POEMS BY MAX REIF: Fragile, Shooting the Sky, For Peter Robinson, Indiana Revelation

POEMS BY MAX REIF: Fragile, Shooting the Sky, For Peter Robinson, Indiana Revelation

Fragile It doesn’t take very much to wash away all we know, obliterate every landmark. I went out to a field tonight just down...
December 28, 2014 × 0 comments

fiction

SUMMER OF ’68: Young, on the heart’s trail

SUMMER OF ’68: Young, on the heart’s trail

Part One: Tunnel 1. Coming back from the lake, we re-entered the St. Louis metro area on St. Charles Rock Road. I was in the back...
December 26, 2014 × 4 comments

essays

MY LUCKY STARS: A heart-warming tale of canine companionship

MY LUCKY STARS: A heart-warming tale of canine companionship

The following article is an excerpt from My Dog, My Friend: Heart-Warming Tales of Canine Companionship from Celebrities and...
November 3, 2014 × 0 comments

essays

COMING TO BABA: My 43-Year Romance With Meher Baba

COMING TO BABA: My 43-Year Romance With Meher Baba

The following story is an excerpt from Max Reif’s forthcoming book, Toward an Interior Sun. 1. I first encountered the name...
September 27, 2014 × 5 comments

poetry

POEMS BY JOSHUA BOCHER: Performances in the Park, Weekend Itinerary, Hot Sweaty Sunday Evening

POEMS BY JOSHUA BOCHER: Performances in the Park, Weekend Itinerary, Hot Sweaty Sunday Evening

Performances in the Park The subway distantly Roaring, Bashful musicians Performing, Starlings and sparrows Socializing, A black...
August 22, 2014 × 0 comments