In The Fray is seeking submissions on the theme of transience. The chaos of our lives can be difficult to reconcile, and it is hard to find comfort in knowing everything is in a constant state of flux. For some of us, the experience of transience is more apparent. It is a way of being — sometimes chosen, sometimes not — that defines us.
My apologies for the procrastination — it's an occupational hazard of volunteer work — but here are the editors' picks for the best articles published in In The Fray
magazine in 2012. (Actually, since December 2011, when we relaunched the site after a year's hiatus.)
Commentary: The Road Less Traveled
, by Lita Wong
News: Freed, but Scarred
, by Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald
Photo Essay: Capitalism Reborn: An East African Story
, by Jonathan Kalan
Review: Havel: An Authentic Life
, by Jan Vihan
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In The Fray seeks stories that bring to life the experiences of individuals as they address mental health issues in schools, at home, and in the workplace.
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This month, In The Fray wants your stories of rivalries. Tell us about the spirit of competition and how these experiences led to an unexpected revelation. Show us the ways that rivalries make people better — and the ways they make people worse.
Tell us the ways that dishonesty and greed undermine the proper workings of organizations, from Congress to corporations, from regulations to relationships. Is corruption an inevitable human tendency or a curable condition?
This week the magazine is featuring a trio of articles about prisons, real and psychological. In Freed, but Scarred
, Francesca Crozier-Fitzgerald describes the post-prison lives of three men who spent, among them, forty-three years in New York penitentiaries for crimes they did not commit. In an accompanying photo essay, Life after Innocence
, Dana Ullman presents intimate portraits of the three men and their families, still scarred by absences and regrets. Finally, in Across Oceans, Haunted by Memories
, Susan M. Lee reviews the novel "The Reeducation of Cherry Truong," a tale of two Vietnamese families flung across the globe, chased by their war-era remembrances of traumas endured and wrongs perpetrated — at times, on each other.
Tell us your stories of a debt that was held, paid, or forgotten. Review a book or film that says something meaningful about those of us who owe money or something more. Send us interviews, profiles, and photos of people and groups that bring new meaning to the age-old relationship between debtor and creditor.
Hitchhiking has become an anachronism in many parts of the world, along with the trust of strangers that makes it possible, but in The Road Less Traveled
, Lita Wong hitches her way through rural Cuba and finds herself relying in unexpected ways on the kindness and decency of the people she meets on the road. Also check out Havel: An Authentic Life
, Jan Vihan's essay on the plays of Vaclav Havel, the Czech statesman, revolutionary, and writer who died at the end of last year.
We have added a link to our old site
in the sidebar, so that readers have access again to the stories we published between 2001 and 2010. We hope to add the entire collection of past stories to the new site eventually, as soon as our volunteer staff finds the time. Thanks for bearing with us.
Welcome to the new In The Fray.
We've been on hiatus for a while, and we've used that time to update the site, our editorial approach, and our nonprofit organization. We hope you'll enjoy reading the new magazine. Ever since we founded ITF ten years ago, we've published stories that help readers understand other people and empathize with their struggles and triumphs. This will continue, but we've streamlined both the look and content of the magazine in ways that make our mission clearer and our work more compelling.
Tell us about those who have touched other people and made a difference — even if in passing. Describe your encounters with good samaritans as you were traveling, going through an ordeal, or just living everyday life. Share with us the kinds of stories that can turn a cynic's heart.