BySamantha Tucker

Samantha Tucker is an MFA candidate at (The!) Ohio State University. Her first collection of essays, The American Dream Starts Here, is ready for a publisher. Find Sam at

  1. I don’t know why my mother told me I was born on the day Vanessa Williams resigned her Miss America crown. Except that I do: She foresaw my future beauty and/or power coming at the cost of another woman’s, projected sashes, crowns, and glory, if only because Vanessa Williams lost them. My mother is no fortune-teller, no temple-rubbing psychic, so she’s gotten a few things wrong. I am not a pageant beauty, and

  2. “And if it’s one thing I hate more than prophecy, it’s self-fulfilling prophecy.” --Bill Maher


    Sorting Through: The End

    There’s more than one way for the world to end. Isn’t that a line from a movie? Some back-alley herald? It must be. It has to be. Or, at least, it should be.  

    As We Know It

    Wikipedia’s incomplete “List of Dates Predicted for Apocalyptic events”…