Places

Watching White Kids

“It occurred to me that maybe they didn’t see me at all.”

Feb 22, 2017
On Borders and Citizens

“My US citizenship is a kind of bulwark. It is not a guarantee of protection.”

Feb 21, 2017
The Men in My Office

“The office is a different place after the investigation. No one wants to look at me or speak to me.”

Feb 15, 2017
My Eyes Yearn for You: A Short History of Longing in NYC

“Fashion’s bright lights beckoned me toward New York.”

Feb 14, 2017
Why I Burned the Forest

Destruction and regeneration on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

Feb 14, 2017
Walking in Memphis

On trying to do good and live up to my father's expectations.

Feb 09, 2017
When Your Body is the Lesson: On Art Modeling

In practice, this gig is easier than expected. It’s my mind that throws me off.

Walking Around Guernsey with My Mother: A Chronicle of Anxiety

“The problem with writing about my anxiety is that I want it to be a closed narrative.”

Feb 07, 2017
How I Lost My Hometown

The day after the election, the last threads of attachment I felt to home frayed and finally broke.

Jan 23, 2017
Is Your TV Turned On? True Stories from the Cable Trenches

“People say a lot of things when they can’t watch television.”

Jan 19, 2017
The Surgical Resident Life

“Alternating ecstasy and despair characterize resident life in particular, and medical practice in general.”

Arab Past, American Present: My Family’s Invisible History

“The family legacy included silence as a way to belong.”

Jan 17, 2017
Ode to Aleppo

“All people are children of Syria. We are open here.”

Jan 12, 2017
Contemplating Death at the Edge of the Continent

I do not feel that I choose the fear so much as it chooses me.

Jan 11, 2017
A Map of Lost Things: On Family, Grief, and the Meaning of Home

“A body always returns to the place that shaped it.”

Jan 09, 2017
One Life, Going Forward: Why I Quit Teaching in 2016

“Like most people in education, I wanted to make a difference.”

Jan 04, 2017
D Is for the Dance of the Hours: A Portrait of Pre-Bankruptcy Detroit

My cousin’s stories of being a Detroit cop could have come straight out of an opera.

On Falling in Love with (and Leaving) New York

“I was obsessed with New York. I thought I'd found my forever home.”

Dec 20, 2016
Sign Here If You Exist

When I think about Darwin’s wasps, I can put to rest my belief in God. It’s the afterlife that is hard to give up.

Dec 15, 2016
Odd Fellows at the Rockland Palace

The Harlem Renaissance and the Great Depression intersected at the Rockland Palace.

Dec 15, 2016