Author: McKayla Robbin

The Power of Silence | Typewriter Series

Culture + Community *Before we begin, it is important to note (as Rebecca Solnit does in her essay “A Short History of Silence”) that silence can be and often is a form of oppression; however, for our purposes, we will differentiate between silence that is imposed and silence that is sought and consider here only those forms of silence that are sought by oneself, of oneself.* Being quiet does not always mean being disengaged, and something spoken is not always more valuable than something unspoken, though we’re often told otherwise by popular culture. On social media platforms, the word “engagement”...

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Body Talk: Typewriter Series

Culture + Community We welcome our newest contributor and her “Typewriter Series” with its first, beautiful installment…   Our bodies are ancient storytellers: the scar on your knee tells the story of falling off your bike when you were young; the flush in your cheeks and butterflies in your stomach tell the story of what it’s like to be in love or excited or embarrassed. The food you ate yesterday, the path you walk through town without thinking about it, the familiar and reassuring touch of a close friend — these experiences become part of us, part of our cellular landscape. But our...

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