This short story originally appeared in the October 2016 online issue for Bluestem Magazine.

The news tremored in tweets and status updates across the screen of Antoine Rogers’ laptop. A man, not much older than himself, had been gunned down on the streets of Richmond.

#SMH How many must die…


Well, he tweeted it. Maybe some people were surprised, but some people have predicted this turn, and you could go through the social media archives and probably find some of those predictions dated in the fall of 2016. He is a rather predictable man, and the only surprise is how…


I wake at the same time every day. My wife tells me if I got up earlier, I could get more done. She also tells me if I got up later, I might not be as tired at the end of the day. But I wasn’t having it. …


I wanted to call the essay “10,000 Words for 10,000 Ships: A Defense of Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.” But I didn’t finish the essay. I worked on it a couple hours a day for about a week. I worked on it a while in the dining room as my daughters watched Disney+. I worked on it for a while in a closet I pretend is an office. When I switched writing locations, I moved the laptop with its several open tabs and a stack of several books with me.

From what did the film need defending? Well, in an article titled “Vietnamese Lives, American Imperialist Views, Even in ‘Da 5 Bloods,’” Viet Thanh Nguyen wrote some lines that I quoted in my abandoned drafts and that I will quote here too. He wrote:

“For Hollywood, and for Americans, it…


A friend of mine posted some of the most recent data from Johns Hopkins about the current pandemic. In the comments, people argued over whether the mortality rate was accurate or not. …


From NPR

Here we go in the order the books were read:

Monica Hesse’s American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land (2017)

I still can’t believe two people burned that many buildings. There truly are fires of all sizes everywhere, even in the Old Dominion. …


This delightful image is from a Fansided post titled Click Clack Laker.

Once upon a time, I would have contrived a clever title for a post such as this, but tonight is New Year’s Eve and I have a cold, my wife just got over a cold, our oldest daughter has an ear infection and threw a cup of mango juice at…


Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors three years ago. The exact date was July 4, 2016. This story is inspired somewhat by that event on that day, but also by other events during that week in July.

The bean bag, filled with cornmeal and prairie dust, spun high…


The following essay first appeared at Pitchers & Poets in April of 2011. Today is Opening Day, eight years later:

My Southern blood told me it was too cold for baseball. The gray clouds and crisp air set a mood mre in tune with the gridiron than the baseball diamond…

Bryan Harvey

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