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Painted Houses

I painted houses this summer. They belonged to one of my church’s deacons, and were not actually houses, but rotten cabins, with wooden siding that should have been replaced, not painted. They were once part of a camp for boy scouts, and were the only structures remaining. My Dad always told me to do a job right. He would never paint rotten cabins, but would tear them down and... Read More

I Love Your Leather

I remember the first time I heard the f-word. Bass Hilton had said it in reference to something I had allegedly done. I was riding my bike around the neighborhood, dodging tree roots and cracks in the sidewalks when I noticed him. He had dark brown hair, dull brown eyes, and a gap between his two front teeth. I think he just wanted an excuse to say it, and an excuse to talk to someone... Read More

Real Writers (to be read at a violent pace)

Real writers don’t write in coffee shops, scrawling with pencils, drinking iced tea with lemon, while pirating styles and imagination from Pulitzer-prize-getting-fiction writers. They don’t steal characters straight out of reality by leering at every new java shop patron and then tracing their physicality with the words they substitute for line…Do they? Say a designer... Read More

The Alchemy of Complexity or The Unbearable Lightness of Being Certain


Editor’s Note: In honor of The Other Journal’s tenth anniversary, we’re featuring select articles from our archives throughout the spring and summer. Check back each Friday as we republish some of our favorite writing over the years. *** “Why don’t the newscasters cry when they read about people who die? At least they could be decent enough to have just a tear in their... Read More


Among fly-fisherman, that rare breed that fish for steelhead are thought to be a little mad. And if asked why they travel to the river in the coldest months of the year in search of the most elusive and tight lipped fish, a true steelhead fisherman would just grin and say, “exactly”. They are known as “the fish of a thousand casts”, and though this reputation steers... Read More