Places

Why Are Opioid Users Overdosing in Libraries, and How Should Librarians Respond?

Librarians across the country are witnessing opioid overdoses on the job. Here’s how some library systems are responding.

Jul 24, 2017
The Art of Doing Nothing: An Ode to Ferry Boats

Ferries are a salve against a society that prioritizes productivity above all else.

Jul 13, 2017
This Hell Not Mine: On Moving from Nigeria to America

“This is where I’ve come, to the America of lights and dreams. And if I am better off I cannot tell.”

Jul 07, 2017
How My Students Have Given Me Hope Since the Election

“I generally try to keep politics out of the classroom, but this year it hasn’t been possible.”

Jul 05, 2017
Traveling While Black

“What a menace, to live in bodies that are so frequently assumed to be corrupt.”

Jun 30, 2017
Refugees of Extraordinary Ability: A Mythology

Whether fleeing the Russian Revolution or running from martial law-era Taiwan, my families have made some narrow escapes.

Jun 28, 2017
The Rancher Who Refused to Leave: A Fukushima Story

Masami Yoshizawa hauled his radiated cows down to Tokyo, demanding that his animals be studied.

Jun 22, 2017
Hell on the Mediterranean: Two Nights in Turkey’s Most Luxurious Hotel

“Slathered with excess and sparing no luxury, a bleak, depressing vibe permeates the Mardan Palace hotel.”

Jun 20, 2017
Self-Portrait as Smokey Bear

“Stripped free of technology and social contact, maybe I can finally reflect on the man I’d like to be.”

Jun 15, 2017
Teaching in the Trump Era: How Do We Provide Support and Sanctuary to Our Students?

As an educator, I’m still discerning what it means to try and protect my students while empowering them.

Jun 08, 2017
On Political Change, Climate Change, and the Choice to Not Have Children

My partner and I were trying to have a baby despite our climate fears. Then Trump was elected.

Jun 05, 2017
Repatriation and the Pull of the Past

“I’m not naïve enough to think that becoming Austrian will make up for everything that happened to my family.”

May 31, 2017
Entering Jerusalem: Scenes from the March of Flags

Notes from 2016’s Jerusalem Day, an Israeli national holiday.

May 24, 2017
The Future in Motion: Why I Judge High School Debate Tournaments

“You hope and hope they’ll get their chance and you know it’s possible they won’t.”

May 22, 2017
The Love of a Good Woman: A Visit to Alcatraz

“This is doing time. This is giving away a piece of your life. If I did get fixed, it wasn’t jail that did the fixing.”

Searching for the Internment Camp Where My Father Was Held

The phrase used was “barbed wire fever”—what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.

May 10, 2017
Lessons from My Mother, the Grave Gardener

I witnessed my mother work twice as hard as the men under the hot sun. All she had were her hands.

May 08, 2017
Notes From a Young Professor: Writing and Teaching Through Charlottesville’s Culture Wars

The police are there, expecting us, academics in revolutionaries’ outfits.

May 04, 2017
Waiting to Go Home: On Being a Traveler in Trinidad

“Tourists accumulate photos and mementos; travelers collect memories and friends.”

Apr 13, 2017