By Laurel Dammann “The Edge, please.” Miriam runs through the long list of Los Angeles establishments she keeps catalogued in her head. “’Scuse me, ma’am. Never heard of it.” The woman looks up from her handbag, wriggling her nose until the oversized cat-eyed sunglasses perched there scoot back up the bridge. They are huge, dominating … Continue reading Bite

Little Boy Blue: Brief Thoughts On Men Who Cry

By Laurel Dammann Unlike many children, I have seen my father cry. Once. It was misty-eyed more than actual tears and it happened so abruptly and then ended so quickly that I sometimes wonder if it was actually the after effect of a sneeze. Then I remember how quickly he ducked his head, hiding himself … Continue reading Little Boy Blue: Brief Thoughts On Men Who Cry

The Fitting Room

By Laurel Dammann | Featured photograph by Antony Mayfield of the work of Cildo Meireles She is tall, towering over the other customers as she peruses racks of silky nightwear and lacy lingerie. Conscious of the way her long limbs use space, she avoids the busy sale section and deftly dodges the employees flitting about … Continue reading The Fitting Room


By Laurel Dammann | Featured image published in American Beauty, January 1957 The first thing I ever did with lipstick was eat it. There are pictures of me at 2-years-old, plump and puzzled on the living room floor as my mom snaps pictures of my mouth smeared siren red— the early warning sign of a … Continue reading Lipmix

The Queen of Cards

By Laurel Dammann The Rider-Waite tarot deck is the most famous and widely used of its kind in the western world. It's treasured by many for its illustrations, abundant with detail and symbolism. Published in 1910, it has been called the "Rider-Waite Tarot" for over a century in deference to its most successful publisher, the … Continue reading The Queen of Cards

Blizzard from the Left

Kicking the "Liberal Snowflake" Myth to the Curb By Laurel Dammann | Feature photograph by Rebecca Cohen, Sign by Sarah Lerner for the Women's March on Washington "It's that victim mentality," she says in a loud and breathy whisper. "It's saturating the nation." A brief disclaimer: I don't spend my life with my ear pressed … Continue reading Blizzard from the Left

Divided, We Unite

By Laurel Dammann | Feature photograph by April Christie Three little girls, no older than 12, balance on raised wooden platforms piled six high. In earnest they shout the question-half of a chant they've heard repeated throughout the day: "Show us what Democracy looks like?" "This is what Democracy looks like!" a middle-aged man immediately … Continue reading Divided, We Unite