Essay

Biology: A Tree of Eukaryotes

Catharina Coenen

  Listen to A Tree of the Eukaryotes:   I spend my days teaching about strangers: blobs of slime, walkers on legs that aren’t legs, seers with eyes that aren’t eyes. Most days I walk through biology in the dark, my hands outstretched, calling to those…

You May See

Karina Cochran

    Each action felt so painfully deliberate. Open the bag of flour, pour the flour in the bucket, drag the garden hose to the bucket, turn the garden hose on. Simple papier-mâché instructions.   Perhaps these actions wouldn’t have been so monotonous if I…

Voicing Pleasure

Christina Brandon

  Listen to Voicing Pleasure:   When I was about 13, I stole my mom’s romance novels and secretly read them in the bathtub. The covers were beautifully jewel-toned but innocuous. They didn’t feature people. The stories were part of Julie Garwood’s historical series. They took…

The Woman Who Is Smoking

Laurie Stone

  1.  I met a woman who moved in a zigzag pattern, as if something were wrong with her steering. She was beautiful and very lean, and I was surprised by the way she sat behind her plate, piled with quinoa, salmon, and a sauté of vegetables, and brought the fork…

Snail Love

Rachel Ann Brickner

    Provenence: Submission.   Rachel Ann Brickner is a writer and multimedia storyteller from Pittsburgh. Currently, she’s finishing her MFA in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh where she’s at work on her first novel and a memoir about debt. Her work has previously appeared…

The Fluidity of Facts

Ian Barnard

  Sometimes we can disagree with the facts. (Sean Spicer) There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. (commonly–falsely–attributed to Mark Twain) Now we have learned that we must look to our own positioning, reassess how we are finding and viewing facts,…

Letter From The Editor: The Fluidity of Learning

Alison Williams

  Dear Reader, The creation of Anastamos’ second issue has come over a period of time that has been distinctive, not only in a social and historical perspective, but for myself personally. In addition to the monster storms that have wracked our country environmentally, as…

Fear and the Web of Knowledge

Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D.

  I have always been fascinated by ‘fear’. I think it is a powerful emotion, that if it does not paralyze, it can actually embolden to action. This much we know from the fact that fear stimulates the production of epinephrine (also known as adrenaline)…