Mission Iowa City to hold school board candidate forum

Mission Iowa City, with moderator Daniel Boscaljon, will hold a public forum with the school board candidates on Monday, July 11. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in meeting room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The forum will feature candidates J.P. Claussen, Paul Roesler and Janice Weiner, who will take questions from […]

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James Gang expands its reach, partners with ‘draft’ and Center for Humanist Inquiries

For 14 years, the community-building organization has quietly facilitated the starts of some of Iowa City’s most accomplished arts, humanities and community groups, including Mission Creek, Public Space One and the Saturday Night Free Movie Series. Each of those organizations eventually went on to expand and gain the support of other institutions: Mission Creek became […]

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Becoming a Ghost: Seeing God

I enter through the gate, its cold irons bound to deter all but the most melancholy. The place is crowded with the thick silence of the dead. Their bodies, encased in caskets, cannot create sounds capable of penetrating the surface. The muffled buzz of their muted thoughts, too deep for me to fathom, weigh in the air like an insensible fog. They saturate the gravity of the place.

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Becoming a Ghost: Seeing Love

I feel cobblestones beneath my feet and remember how my bike jolted as I had raced home against the day. The lights guide me forward, under sky and over stone, illuminating the tree that had sheltered our soft kisses and the sidewalk where I had lifted her after she stumbled. A car drives by, its formulaic noise splashing over me, dampening the reality of love that beckoned me forward. It drives away the faint echo of her laugh, a proud and glad song that defied the demons that tormented her. Love was present in that laugh. I see this. […]

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Becoming a Ghost: Seeing Light

I open my eyes and see an amorphous fog that muffles the tonal differences among the shades that seem suddenly unsayable—the way that, at the decisive moment, your mouth forgets how to shape the name of the very person you most love. Objects beckon me, doing nothing more than exist, than flicker at the horizon of my gaze. Each clamors with an internal drive to reveal itself, light sparking outward, radiating from its core… […]

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Becoming a Ghost: Falling Out

All movement makes us aware that we hasten toward our death in a dynamic vector, and I see mine immanently before me. Time compacts. Seeing your “life” flash before your eyes before death is not a tiresome replay listing mundane causes and effects of a mundane life. Only a handful of potent encounters and choices define you. I am smelling my grandfather’s coffee in the mornings. I am breaking up with my first girlfriend. I am driving my first car. I am accepting my new job. […]

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Becoming a Ghost: Falling From

‘Falling From’ is the fifth installment in Daniel Boscaljon’s literary nonfiction series Becoming A Ghost. The previous installments can be found here. The ground beneath beckons like a friend, uncannily familiar. Why? Did the ground support our kisses under the star-filled cold? Did it intimate my future embrace of dust by dust? I realize that […]

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Becoming a Ghost

Becoming a ghost: Losing Time

‘Becoming a Ghost’ is a literary nonfiction series by UI English instructor Daniel Boscaljon. Revelers rush in the empty space between the buildings. Liars find dark lairs, their carefree bodies careening past the playground intended for careful toddlers. I stared downward, avoiding eyes bright with the allure of the everyday world and its promise of […]

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