The Small Bow

This Is How We Live Now Because We Were Dead Inside

Now that our heads are clear there is more space to do great things, but also very boring activities. Well, activities we used to consider boring, but that are now somehow fun. Here's a recent Inverse Pitching assignment where we asked readers to tell us how they live now through stream of consciousness. We are all the same, but all different.

I’ll Ask Joe: Isn’t Harm Reduction Still Harmful?

Here are some questions we pose to our resident advocacy professional, Executive Editor Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years. He’s also president of Remedy Recovery and co-founder of The Fix. Today's topic: Harm reduction. The loosest, most succinct definition of harm reduction is any positive change in drug or alcohol usage. It's definitely not abstinence, though, so let's party, right?

New Prayers for the Sunk

Here's an Inverse Pitching assignment we posed to the group: Write your own prayer, profanity is allowed and encouraged. Non-believers are welcome, just let your minds be untrammeled. Off we go.

When Recovery Memoirs Just Don’t Light You Up Like They Used To

It's another round of Inverse Pitching. This week's authors wrote super-short insights about an unexpected, or surprising thing they've read that helped them in their recovery journey. Writers were encouraged not to use paragraphs from recovery memoirs, unless they were super original. We just didn't want six people quoting Amy Dresner.

Rob Ford Was Two Years Sober When He Died

Rob Ford, Gawker, Hulk Hogan, and the truth about everything and nothing whatsoever.

I’ll Ask Joe: Is Booze A Bigger Crisis Than Opioids?

Here are some questions we pose to our resident advocacy professional, Executive Editor Joe Schrank. Joe’s been a social worker for 25 years. He’s also president of Remedy Recovery and co-founder of The Fix. Our topic today: America's booze problem. According to the National Institute of Health's death scoreboard, Alcohol is beating Opioids, 88,000 to 40,000, but we haven't declared it a crisis just yet.

This Rabbit Hole Is Lovely, Dark and Deep

Facebook’s “On This Day” feature is a gratitude list that has already written itself

Shitty Deaths, Personalized

This week, writers wrote in and helped us complete this Inverse Pitching assignment from a couple weeks back: Name a celebrity overdose death or suicide that shook you the most. We paid them $50 for 50 words. Some went a little over 50 words. One person went under. We compiled them and Edith drew.

And Yet There Are No Demons

Why demons? Why not what's real?