• Rafael Torch wrote nine commentaries for Contrary as he was dying of cancer. This may be the only one he needed to write. It may be the only thing any of us ever needed to write.
The first literary work by the renowned mystery writer Andrew Coburn included this picturesque commentary we published in 2007.
Kevin Heath creates meaning in succinct potions of metaphor, humor, pathos, and beauty. See also his commentary, Strike Anywhere Matches.
This sexy commentary produces the same effect in reader as in protagonist: seething and wondering at the edges of permeable boundaries.
A visit to the Creation Museum, an insight into the nature of belief.
Can you tell the natural history of a life, your life, by telling the natural history of your environment? We are all a part of the web.
Maine nature writer Jim Krosschell, with his sweeping eye for natural beauty, focuses on a tiny yellow bird.
The lushest travel writing as a young woman journeys in Greece. How much is she remembering? How much dreaming? After appearing in Contrary, this essay became a chapter in Mnemonic: A Book of Trees, published by Goose Lane Editions in 2011.
Love, the tender plight of humanity, captured across a year working at a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
“Weapons of Mass Destruction” was still a fresh lie in the believing public’s ear when Russell Hodin penned this, the greatest cartoon about the Iraq War.
Jeff McMahon is Contrary’s editor.