Tag Archives: love

Moment of Zen: Tax Day

(1) Lawrence A. Zelenak, a professor of law at Duke University, is the author of Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax, in which he bravely describes the origins, history, and current complexity of the federal income tax. He also offers philosophical reasons and practical suggestions for changing the […]



We fall in love at weddings and auctions, over glasses of wine in Italian restaurants where plastic grapes hang on the lattice, our bodies throb in the checkout line, the bus stop, at basketball games and we can’t keep our hands off each other until we can— So begins Matthew Dickman’s poem “Love,” which you […]


New Yorker fiction (Nov 22) – “Assimilation”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. “Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” This platitude, attributed to poet Carl Sandburg, may be an attempt to number the various dimensions of human existence and, in so doing, attempt to […]


New Yorker fiction (Oct 18) – “To the Measures Fall”

The New Yorker has made the story available online only to subscribers. Are you currently carrying on a love affair with books? For a period of time measured more accurately in decades? With the lines between desire and obsession fused beyond all reason? Truly and giddily heedless of the consequences? Why yes, of course you […]


“In Love Over Both Ears”

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our Like Fire friends and readers. True, it’s a Hallmark holiday guaranteed to make a large swath of the population feel underappreciated or inappropriate. But then again, it’s also all about love and chocolate, both of which we wholeheartedly endorse. My favorite link of the day is a sweetly unironic […]