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17th century oil painting, still life, featuring a tulip, a skull, and an hourglass

Three Authors Who Understand Time

In an effort to explain the theory of relativity to inquisitive interviewers, Albert Einstein once used this anecdote: “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.”

Watercolor painting of a rainbow by J.M.W. Turner

Roy G Biv

Philosophy has tried to “Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,” and the rainbow is the first victim of the scientific revolution.


The Violence Inherent

We are at a cultural moment where Native videographers are able to exercise self­-determination and shoot back against the historicizing gaze of anthropology.


Different colors of paint running down a printed page of text.

Let’s Talk Language

What is lost when words fail? Language can serve as a preoccupation, and in that sense become a cage.


Silence Will Not Protect Us

“For many of us at The Offing, #BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a matter of principle. It is a matter of life and death...”