Eric Anthamatten

Out of sight, out of mind; so the saying goes. In the United States, prisons are often located away from urban centers and curious eyes. Thus, the prisoners inside are even more obscured. In this review of a collection prison writing, Eric Anthamatten argues that the prison and the treatment of prisoners is reflective of society at large. If they are silenced, what does it say about us? A photo exhibit accompanies the essay.

Leigh Held

He may be more well-known for his novels, but George Orwell was a consummate essayist. From the Spanish Civil War to British colonialism to tea to the social conditions of the downtrodden, few topics escaped his interest. Leigh Held takes a look at Facing Unpleasant Facts, a new collection of some of Orwell's thought-provoking pieces.