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