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Brilliance and Color

I have cardboard nailed up over the window and a new mattress on the floor. It's raining. The window is open. Room dark, breeze on skin…

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A Sense of Place

I love maps.  Topographical, road, flight maps, ancient there-be-dragon maps and modern maps with ever-changing borders.  An elementary school assignment — I can’t remember what grade — involved writing a log for a trip around the world.   723 more words


On Diwali: Glorious, Magical, Bittersweet

It’s Diwali, and with that comes so much light and love and happiness for me as a Hindu. I continually learn about elements of my faith with each passing holiday, so I always have a hard time explaining Diwali to other people, but the most beautiful thing for me about Hinduism is that I feel it deep in my soul. 585 more words


Walking with Medusa: A Poem

by Robin Dawn Hudechek

I walk secluded beaches,
my robes flowing around my legs.
Only here do I unwind the cloth that binds… 249 more words


Dandies and Poets: Baudelaire on Procrastination

The following is a guest blog by Tamara Spitzer-Hobeika, one of our speakers in this autumn’s Procrastination Seminar. Come and hear Tamara discuss ‘Baudelaire’s dandy: the anti-procrastinator’ on Wednesday 29 October at 5.30pm in the… 1,041 more words


Roger Williams and the "Refused to Learn the Local Language" Meme

To start, this is the meme I’ll be discussing.

The point of the meme is obvious.  It’s intended to mock the conservative dislike of undocumented immigrants entering the country and receiving benefits by pointing out that the earliest English colonists came without any permission from the native inhabitants of the land and would have starved to death without their assistance.   1,113 more words

American History

Postcards From Bagan

There was something cinematic about the clunking of hooves against pavement as the horse drew our cart across Old Bagan. Dawn was coming, and across the indigo sky the sun slowly stretched its rays in streaks of pink and orange. 298 more words


6 Empowering Halloween Costumes That We Can All Learn From

I’ll tell you what, there’s nothing like looking for an empowering Halloween costume to reinforce how underrepresented women are in history. No wonder the most creative outfit some people can put together is a skimpy dress and cat ears. 1,285 more words


The Hierarchy of Desire

With both aching arms outstretched and loaded with plates (tightrope catwalk, hot plate crucifixion), she walks slowly across the dining room to table 19 and places the plates down in front of the bodies that ordered them. 704 more words


Misogyny: Every Little Bit Matters

I have been forced, through sheer volume of Twitter exposure, to learn what #Gamergate is.

I’m not a gamer. Never have been. I have no reason to take any interest at all in the internal politics of the gaming community. 904 more words


The F-Bomb Princess Video Isn't Offensive, It's Exploitative

Yesterday, for-profit T-shirt company released a video called “F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause.” The video features five angry girls, ages 6 to 13, who express outrage at society’s sexist treatment of girls and women while decked out in princess attire. 1,639 more words


Grab a Seat

For the budget-conscious person in Hanoi, there are no better alternatives to eating than traditional Vietnamese dishes found on every sidewalk, corner and alleyway. One needn’t look far. 546 more words


Of Coffee, Ice Cream, and Soccer Shoes

My friend Liz and I are in that sweet spot between Menopause (been there, done that) and Medicare (not there, not needing that).

She called me the other day and said, “I have two things to ask you.” 1,155 more words


Reign's Rape Problem

TW for rape

When I first heard about the CW show Reign, I knew that it was going to be my next guilty pleasure. A young Mary Stuart and her ladies-in-waiting living with Catherine de’Medici in Renaissance France? 955 more words


Sunday Secrets


I’m the daughter in this situation or, at least in one like it. This is my secret: I actually love my name, and the story behind it. 108 more words


On Grief and Reason

Several months ago, a friend and former lover, J, killed himself. Some weeks after that, a friend died very unexpectedly in his sleep. Since then, I have been trying to understand suicide, death and grief. 10,632 more words


"Dying with Dignity" — Thoughts on Brittany Maynard

“What do you think of this?” was all my friend wrote me in a private Facebook message with an attachment of an article about a young woman, Brittany Maynard, who has stage 4 brain cancer. 858 more words

Right To Die

In Defense of the Giants and Baseball

It’s October in San Francisco, and City Hall is glowing orange. As the Giants prepare for what should be a well-matched, exciting World Series with Kansas City, baseball fans have had to contend once again with the commentary of unfortunate sportswriters who seem not to understand (or even like) the sport. 2,267 more words


Umbrella Revolution

This year I renounced my Singaporean nationality for a Hong Kong passport – despite my dad strongly advising me against it. “The city is going down the drain,” he says. 1,283 more words

Hong Kong

Voiceless No More

Update: I’m happy to report that the administer and I have been able to resolve our differences and move forward in a respectful manner. Nevertheless, adoptees’ voices are still largely ignored, and I still feel the heart of this piece remains true. 980 more words


Dear Doctor

*trigger warning for suicide*

I have an appointment with my psychologist this afternoon. It’s probably a strange thing to admit, but I actually get a bit of anxiety about seeing her. 1,022 more words


Pathologizing Black Folks is America’s Religion

I spend nearly everyday writing and reading about global and local configurations of white supremacy and anti-blackness, with a special emphasis on the U.S. and France. 5,392 more words


Ben Bradlee's Electric Glow

Charisma is a word, like thunderstorm or orgasm, which sits pretty flat on the page or the screen compared with the actual experience it tries to name. 1,322 more words

Ben Bradlee

It's Not a Shrine or Anything

My mother’s purse has not moved in three years, seven months. It sits on her desk, beside her computer monitor. A spider web forms a bridge between the purse and screen. 1,253 more words


Mountain Lentil Soup

The last couple of weeks the weather was such that you didn’t have any doubt left that autumn had arrived. The cravings for comfort food and being snuggled up on the couch with a hot drink had arrived at the same time. 563 more words


The World Makes Me Want to Hide in My Bed But I Was Raped in My Bed

TW: the essay below contains depictions of abuse & domestic violence. Originally published here.


“Some of the glib dismissals of ‘call out culture’ make my blood boil. 1,464 more words