How to Become a Brother in the Bronze Age: An Inquiry into the Representation of Politics in Ugaritic Myth

Sumerian inscription in monumental archaic style, circa 26th century BC By Dr. Aaron Tugendhaft Assistant Professor Classics University of Chicago Abstract The article argues that a scene from the thirteenth-century B.C. Ugaritic Baal Cycle in which the goddess Anat announces to Baal that he has been offered a palace like his brothers’ can be best[…]

How Latkes Came to Be Hannukah’s ‘It’ Food

Making latkes involves lots of oil / Photo by Teena Wildman via Flickr Creative Commons By Susan Barocas / 12.18.2016 Special to The Washington Post I like latkes. All kinds: starchy potato, sweet potato, zucchini, cheese, apple, leek, even vegan and gluten-free ones. But for too long in this country, Hanukkah has been all about[…]

Shaman Claus: A Santa Story from Siberia

By Briony Dalton / 12.24.2016 Could Santa Actually Be a Shaman? Have you ever wondered where the tale of Santa Claus came from? When you really think about it, the jolly old man in red and white, who travels on his sleigh pulled by flying reindeer to deliver gifts to children all over the world,[…]

In the Garden

© Illustration by Jenny Reynish F.T. Kola was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia, and lived in London and New York City before pursuing an MFA at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is a fellow in fiction. By F.T. Kola / October 2016 My princess[…]