The Agony and the Ecstasy

Are moments of religious transcendence illumination or illness? Mark Salzman (BR ’82) probes this question in his most recent novel, Lying Awake, and, to his credit, does not answer it. Setting his novel at the crossroads of mysticism and medicine, Salzman refrains from both sermonizing and diagnosing, instead offering his readers a poetic meditation on … Continue reading The Agony and the Ecstasy

Cell Division

Dazenia Henry’s son was awakened in the middle of a cold December night last year, shackled, hog-tied, and put on a bus heading south. Twenty-two hours later, he arrived at Wallens Ridge State Prison, a super-maximum ("supermax") security facility in Virginia, and was placed in a cell where he would spend 23 hours of each … Continue reading Cell Division