Mary Vancura

Mary Vancura writes from Nashville, Tennessee.

The Red Stripe in Nashville

I live on a red stripe dividing poverty and fame in Nashville, Tennessee. My bedroom window frames an intricately twisted metal mass resembling a power…

Company of Contradictions

America has an obsession with Walmart. At Walmart, your dollar has 10-15% more value than at the local neighborhood discount chains and corporate supermarkets. Walmart…

Cell Mates

I’m still surprised by the cell phone invasion into United States culture—the same way I am surprised by pickled pork rinds or couples making out…

Losing Our Religion

What I call the “Matrix phenomenon” is something I wanted to believe in and tried to understand. For a split second, this phenomenon allowed me…