The cost of textbooks

Textbooks are a major cost for every college student. We have many options to procure the necessary texts including the internet, trading with our peers, and the campus bookstore. However, several colleges around the country are beginning to offer textbooks and course materials completely free of charge and online.

Last cigarette

Twenty cigarettes corking your mouth,

Chapping your lips,

Peeling your skin back until

It hangs like old drywall,

Curled and coated in smoke,

A cough and they splinter free,

And you fall to the floor to pick up every last one,

Trembling fingers holding trembling tobacco

And the butt is between your lips and the lighter smells like gasoline

And black is blown back a brilliant orange

And it's lit—

Which to Bury?

I blinked.

"Come again?"

Christy glared at me, as if I was asking her to regurgitate the muffin she'd just swallowed.


"There are two kinds of wizard in this world," said the Navajo trader as he examined a rosary of enchanted prayer beads. "Those who screw around with forbidden knowledge, and those who stay sane."

Veterans’ jobs bills can’t wait

Friday is Veterans' Day, that largely unsung holiday that falls between Halloween and Thanksgiving that's become mostly an excuse for stores to offer yet another pre-Christmas sale. Everywhere you look, you'll see ads and store displays festooned with flags and bunting, hawking "big Veterans' Day savings." Some stores even offer additional discounts to veterans, which I suppose is nice.

Color wars

I apologize, Aerosmith, but pink is not my favorite color. My name, Jamie, is gender-neutral. For all you know, I may be a man or a woman. I've always been comfortable with this, and in fact, I've preferred it. When I'm represented by this innocuous name, there are no stereotypes associated with it, no burdensome expectations and sex-related norms to deal with.

The marriage and divorce divide

After only 72 days, celebutante Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from basketball star Kris Humphries. In a recent AP article, Kardashian said, "when you know so deep in your heart that you just have to listen to your intuition, and follow your heart, there's no right or wrong thing to do." The shockingly brief marriage is not unique in our society, but it does represent the lack of value people place on marriage today.

Is your major relevant?

By the time I was 14, I had already picked up my first Hunter S. Thompson book. By the time I had finished "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" I knew I was a writer.