APRIL 11, 2012 12:18PM

Open Call: Stand Your Ground Watch

Trayvon Martin's tragic murder has brought much-needed scrutiny to "stand your ground" laws, aggressive self-defense laws that are on the books in some 25 states. As we've seen over the past weeks, these broadly defined laws not only pose a threat to public safety,  in practice they al… Read full post »

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APRIL 3, 2012 4:40PM

Open Call: Your petty crime arrest

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (along party lines with Justice Anthony Kennedy hitched to the conservative bandwagon) that the police can strip-search any person arrested for any crime -- no matter how petty the offense and without the burden of probable cause -- before admitting hi… Read full post »

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MARCH 28, 2012 12:39PM

Open Call: Your Obamacare stories

Two years after the president signed it into law, Obamacare is beginning to have a big impact: Millions more young adults are insured; prescription costs for the elderly are on the decline; and children with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage. Yet, as Andrew Leonard detailed in SRead full post »

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JANUARY 23, 2012 6:51PM

Open Call: Unemployment myths debunked

The Great Recession has left millions unemployed and desperately seeking work -- and yet we still hear Republican candidates recycling the same tired lines about poor work habits and government hand-outs. 

Have you lost your job as a result of the recession? We want to read your… Read full post »
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JANUARY 9, 2012 11:55AM

Photo call: Your view

Over the weekend, Salon's Will Doig wrote a piece about why we city-dwellers place so much value on our views, especially ones of parks and waterways. The article included a slideshow featuring view snapshots taking by Will and several of his friends. Now, we want to see what the… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 19, 2011 5:51PM

Open Call: Hopes for 2012

From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, 2011 was a year of political surprises. It was also marked by hardship: a floundering global economy, a horrofic domestic terrorist attack in Norway, and countless devastating natural disasters, including a magnitude 9 earthquake that set off the worst nuc… Read full post »

Soon January will be upon us -- and once more my gym will be swarmed by swaths of New Yorkers who've swore that this will be the year they shed X number of pounds. Their ranks will thin by mid-month, and occupancy will dwindle to normal sometime around March. We all… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2011 8:18AM

Open Call: Hack list

This morning, Alex Pareene kicked off our second annual Salon Hack List. We'll announce our Number One hack tomorrow afternoon -- but we want your nominations of people we've missed.

Did your favorite mock-worthy political hack not make the cut? Blog your nominees, explain why they belong on the… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2011 5:42PM

Open Call: Holiday blues

It's nice to focus on the sweeter and lighter aspects of the season, but the holidays have a darker side as well: They're stressful, they're expensive and they can be incredibly lonely. Over on big Salon tonight, we're running a short story from the collection "Blue Chri… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2011 1:55PM

Open Call: The truth about Santa

Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny -- I, for one, spent most of my childhood off in some fantasy realm, convinced that magic was real and that my owl from Hogwarts would be coming any day now. But no matter how much we cherish these staples of our youth, sooner… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2011 8:05AM

Your favorite indie book store

This morning, we ran a piece by Laura Miller celebrating the wonders of independent bookstores. Squeezed first by big box stores like Barnes and Noble and later by online retailers like Amazon, these beloved neighborhood staples are a dying breed. We'd like to draw more attention to these f… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2011 11:58AM

Open Call: Heartwarming holiday stories

The holiday season -- which here in New York at least officially begins the day after Halloween -- is stressful and hectic, especially during hard economic times like these. And we often grumble about all that is wrong with it: the family arguments, the horrific travel experiences, the endless superm… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2011 5:18PM

Your brilliant second career

The recession has left many Americans jobless and unable to find work in their chosen industry. My Brilliant Second Career is a personal essay series we're launching on Salon about what people do next -- and we hope you'll pitch your own ideas. We want to read your stories about how… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 5:37PM

Open Call: Occupy America! (updated)

We've already seen a bunch of fantastic posts documenting various Occupy Wall Street protests across the country. (You can check out a slideshow featuring photos from Open Saloners Harry HomelessLinda Seccaspina and Lew Lorton here.)

Basically,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 2:37PM

Photo call: The real 53%

My colleague Alex Pareene just published a piece about Erick Erickson's unintentionally hilarious (and also pretty depressing) website, We Are The 53%. He included the parody photo below along with the post. The website screams for satire -- so why not take your own parody pictures and… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2011 9:01AM

Big changes on Salon

We've rolled out some great changes at big Salon over the weekend; basically, we've re-engineered the site to make it faster and more efficient by switching to a new platform.

Here's a quick rundown of the major changes here and on big Salon:

-New membership program called CORE that offers subsc… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 10:41AM

Open Call: Interview With My Bully

Over at big Salon, we're kicking off a new series called "Interview with my Bully."  (The first entry from Steve Almond ran last night).  As part of an effort to broaden the conversation about the bullying epidemic in our schools, we'll be running a number of these Q&As between people a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 4:05PM

Open Call: Freshman Orientation

Over on big Salon last night, we're ran a great piece by my colleague (and, as some of you may recall, erstwhile Open Salon Editor) Thomas Rogers about how an uncomfortable, homophobic college hazing ritual changed his life -- and the way he viewed himself. The article is… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 11:32AM

Open Call: My parents' secret history

 At some point or another, we all learn that our parents did not in fact burst forth from their mothers' wombs as the fully formed people who raised us, but actually have their own strange and complicated pasts. We want to read your stories about discovering fascinating and surprising things abo… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2011 8:26AM

Open Call: Life after quitting

Over at big Salon last night, we ran a great essay by my colleague Sarah Hepola about, after returning home to Texas a year after she quit booze, figuring out how to hang out with her old drinking buddies... without going to the bar. The piece addresses one of the most… Read full post »

This Monday marks the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. From family-friendly picnics to drunken barbecues, from watching Macy's fireworks to setting off illegal ones in Brooklyn, there are many ways to celebrate our nation's decision to cut ties with the Brits.

Thi… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2011 6:38PM

Open Call: My father as a person

As kids, our parents often don't seem like real people. This can be especially true of our fathers because traditional social expectations dictate that they keep their children at more of an arm's length.

Instead our parents stand as authority figures who set rules (or fail to); in the narcissism of… Read full post »

MAY 27, 2011 4:45PM

Open Call: My tiny hypocrisy

Over at big Salon, we just kicked off a new personal essay series called "My tiny hypocrisy" about coming to terms with our own little moral inconsistencies. (You can check out my essay about being a vegetarian who still wears leather here). We want to read your stories about grappling with… Read full post »

As most of you have noticed, we've been having serious technical issues with Open Salon for sometime now. Believe me, I understand your frustrations -- the site is as slow for me as it is for you. The good news is that many of these problems (especially concerning the speed of… Read full post »

As many of you know, the end is nigh! (Rapture is slated for tomorrow, in fact, so very nigh indeed). 

Or so a California-based Christian radio host named Harold Camping and his ecclectic set of followers would have you believe. Last night over on big Salon, we ran a piece… Read full post »