“I have been empowered to tell you about who we are and where we come from. What we are made of. And what makes us who we are.” This is Ann Duryan’s task as her thoughts are recorded for the space capsule Voyager (beautifully imagined in Mary Morris’s “Flowing Streams”), and the task of all great writing. This year’s Top Five Stories of the Week probe the secrets and betrayals, as well as the moments of grace and compassion, that make us who we are.
Hello, women rising up against toxic men. I salute you.
The story doesn’t begin until the van breaks down.
I cannot help but wish that this were another bed. Carl’s bed.
Ruby, he’d say. My made-up name. I need to meet you.
I never thought I’d scalp a fellow tribal member.