Maile Chapman

Editor’s Comment

Is abandon most fully itself in the verb form, signifying the act of abandoning something to which we’ve previously been attached, like relinquishing a responsibility, deserting a sinking ship, or ceasing to support a cause or a plan of action? Or, is abandon best thought of as the noun, the state of...

Editor’s Comment

Just what is a ghost? Most dictionaries start with the familiar idea that the dead can linger among the living, using words like “soul” and “spirit” interchangeably and suggesting that such apparitions come to us from shadowy, melancholy realms. Beyond this, definitions diverge. Urbandictionary.com pleasingly includes the disincarnated souls of animals along...