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My Father is More Than a Model Minority

What makes immigrant parents like mine worthy of love, respect, and admiration in our country?

Aug 21, 2018
Cover Photo: Photo of author Grayson Morley
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Grayson Morley

“When writing this story, I was thinking explicitly about a tendency in players to play games as murderous kleptomaniacs.”

Aug 17, 2018
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A Flea for a Dog

A turkey, a gown, a motorcycle, for bartered Chinatown dreams.

Aug 17, 2018
Cover Photo: From 'Madame Satã - Noite Cheia de Estrelas' by Marcus Vinicus de Paula, via YouTube
How Brazil’s Madame Satã Transformed His Life and Became an Icon

By day, he protected businesses from thieves and corrupt police. By night, he changed into sequined gowns to sing and dance in Rio de Janeiro’s cabarets.

Cover Photo: Photo of author Celeste Mohammed
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Celeste Mohammed

“My focus was on the character and emotions of the immigrant: the loneliness, the sense of loss and disconnection.”

Aug 15, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Tallulah Pomeroy
Cripple Perks: The Unreasonable Luxury of Living While Disabled

“Accommodations are things that we need, and deserve, in order to lead our lives. But they’re treated—we are treated—like we’re trying to pull one over on the rest of society.”

Aug 15, 2018
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Mourning My Lost Dark as a Blind Artist
For me, distinctions between light and dark have dissolved as my blindness has worsened. I do not experience blindness as darkness or blackness.
Aug 14, 2018
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How Reading True Crime Stories Helps Us Face Our Own Fears
“Not thinking about these things doesn’t make them go away. So, instead, I choose to look. It is staring into a dim room and letting my eyes adjust to the dark.”
Aug 09, 2018
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How A War in the Middle East Changed My Family in the Philippines Forever
Papa left the summer I turned eight. The emotional toll of a wife who blamed him was too much to carry along with the burden of repatriating thousands of Filipino citizens.
Aug 07, 2018
Cover Photo: Jakob Owens via Unsplash
Should We Stop Using the Word ‘Pariah’?
What do we do with language that is steeped in colonial history?
Aug 14, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Austin Fausto/flickr
On Being Young, Scrappy, and (Sometimes) Satisfied
Remain forever hungry, or enjoy the tried-and-true? Sometimes, I learned, it’s okay to double down on the life you have.
Aug 13, 2018
Cover Photo: Cindy Tang via Unsplash
You Bet Your Life: ‘Death Bonds,’ the Investments That Want You Dead
When a new drug regime gave him a renewed lease of life, Morrison began to receive irate calls from the investor who’d bought over his insurance policies.
Aug 02, 2018
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Bartending on a Captainless Ship
Captains are always making you think you’re secure and happy and then bam, you’re capsizing with an iceberg in your rearview mirror.
Aug 10, 2018
Cover Photo: From "Child Life: A Collection of Poems" by John Greenleaf Whittier, via Internet Archive Book Images/flickr
Sister Moon
“Maria felt that everything had slowed down and she could finally breathe again. Until the night the moon disappeared.”
Aug 03, 2018
Cover Photo: Lena Moses-Schmitt
The Longest Trial
There were eighteen thousand two hundred and fifty victims, one per day over the course of fifty years.
Jul 27, 2018