A beginner’s guide to meditation and how it will help you lead a happier life: Rajeev Balasubramanyam
A past Fellow of the Hemera Foundation for writers with a meditation practice, and writer in residence at Brooklyn Zen Center, Rajeev Balasubramanyam offers a beginner’s guide to meditation and explains how it could help us all live more blissfully.
Ernie Wang’s story “Stay Brave, My Hercules”-which appears in this issue-won the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize For Emerging Writers. Issue 51 features eighteen brand-new stories so compelling that you’ll read through the night and far into the next day, until your boss calls and warns you that you’re on thin ice, buddy, and better get to the office right away-but we swear it’s worth it.
TORCH: My American Playground I was born in England, but my earliest memory is of America. My mother had taken me to a playground at the crest of a low grassy hill. The sun was shining and I was hanging from a purple, spiral-shaped climbing frame, happy, carefree and safe.
As France flirts with political Armageddon, my mind returns to the gentleman with whom I shared a flight in 1996. I was returning from India on an Air France flight bound for Paris. He was sitting to my right, an unshaven, tousle-haired man in his thirties who smoked incessantly and refused all food, drinking only coffee.
1. Your new friends Bob and Rita come to lunch and you serve them idlis, like your grandmother used to make. 2. They love your south Indian cooking and ask for the recipe. 3. You never hear from Rita and Bob again. 4.