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Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen’s most recent exhibition, Paint by Numbers, was shown at the Foley Gallery. His work has also appeared in Nautilus, the Atlantic, and elsewhere.


Good Light

Summer 2005 | Essays

I am five years old and wandering aimlessly around the living room with a brown piece of molded plastic in front of my eyes. I’m trying to find the “good” light, so I stagger from lamp to window and back again. It’s like watching a moth danci [...]


Illustration by Thomas Allen

The Reader Is the Protagonist

Spring 2016 | Memoir

The summer of 1989, shortly after my second husband and I married, we buckled my two daughters, who were seven and three, into the rear seat of a used car purchased for cash. We told no one where we were going. We meant to disappear.