Tag: opioids

  • #6-A Prayer for Orion-Heartlands 2020 Best Reads

    #6-A Prayer for Orion-Heartlands 2020 Best Reads

    Memoirs were big in my 2020 reading. But I would have read anything Katherine James put out after her debut novel, Can You See Anything Now? James is not one of those Christian writers who submerges harsh reality beneath a pious gloss. She combines an artist’s eye with brutal honesty and yet suffused throughout is […]

  • Pulling Back the Veil in the Vale of Opioids: Beth Macy’s Dopesick

    Pulling Back the Veil in the Vale of Opioids: Beth Macy’s Dopesick

    Three months into our current pandemic we know the scenario. “Epidemics unfold ‘like a vector phenomenon, where you have one individual who seeds that community and then the spread begins.’”(127)  Dr. Anna Lembke could have been talking about COVID-19, but the Stanford specialist in addiction medicine was talking about opioids and ace Virginia reporter Beth […]

  • The Coasts of Anhedonia – Poetry

    The Coasts of Anhedonia – Poetry

    The land, this land, is not a problem to be solved.   It is a matrix, this mother, for health.   The great migrations of the day— from Syria, the South, central Africa— are symptoms  of a greater dis location.   It’s not just about resources  and economic opportunity  (or lack thereof).   These are […]

  • “Pessimism, Hopelessness & Doom” – Traveling the Virginia Extremes with August Wallmeyer

    “Pessimism, Hopelessness & Doom” – Traveling the Virginia Extremes with August Wallmeyer

      August Wallmeyer paints a distressing picture of rural Virginia in the 21st century.  His little book, The Extremes of Virginia, which highlights the realities and common challenges of three regions of the Commonwealth—Southwest, Southside, and the Eastern Shore—gets your attention quickly.  You start to see why he calls the regions “the Extremes,” and it isn’t just because […]