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Praying with My Eyes Open

On belief and survival in a community of God

Illustration by Christina Yoseph

EEveryone prays with their eyes closed. Except me. I watch brown faces, grimaced in earnest prayer, pleading to God for deliverance from hardships: unemployment or unhappiness or overdue bills. It’s the First Sunday of the month, Communion Sunday, and we’re all dressed in snow white or muted ivory or shy alabaster. It is what my church does. It…




A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

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Catherine Adel West

Catherine Adel West

Catherine Adel West is a writer and editor living and working in Chicago. Her debut novel “Saving Ruby King” is set for publication June 16, 2020.

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