Jonathan Musgrove

  • The Day I Saw the Emperor’s Clay Soldiers

    The day I saw the emperor’s clay soldiers. I thought I understood the end of things— blank faces staring back from 2,000 years. A farmer found…

  • Lunge With Martha

    Tell me again how you raised up. in the stirrups, held on tight. with your thighs, riding the colt. in circles with me as anchor. holding the…

  • Her Last Night at Home

    Her last night at home. she phoned, out of breath. I was still half asleep. when she said, "There's a bird, or a bat, loose in the house…

  • Crayfish Hunting

    Some small, tucked thing darts. from under a turned stone. before the water can clear. the mud cloud I created. by disturbing that wet dust. I…

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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