Places

Standing in the Shadows of Brands: San Francisco at Dawn

When a city’s populace is wiped out of its longtime residents, so goes the collective memory of San Francisco.

Dec 14, 2017
Women at Work and Other Tales of Survival

“So long as men can harass women without consequences, they will continue to do so.”

Dec 13, 2017
Why I Love Being the Stranger at the Party

There are a number of ways to end up at a party you weren’t invited to.

Dec 07, 2017
Fabric of Community, Gone Threadbare: A Tour of Ohio’s New Trump Country

My parents are from the Rust Belt, words supposed to encapsulate the decay, the abandoned workplaces.

Dec 06, 2017
Wolf at the Door: Life on the Alaskan Frontier

“I hunt only for food. But, so do wolves—and my yard is a pantry. The chickens. The rabbits. The dog. Me.”

Nov 29, 2017
Why You Left Social Media: A Guesswork

“Social media hold out the promise of authenticity, but never fulfill it. In this way, they reproduce the craving for authenticity.”

Nov 29, 2017
Why My Family Takes a Thanksgiving Vow of Silence

The silent retreat gives us all time away from the bewilderment we tend to experience around American holidays.

Nov 22, 2017
Meeting MM: On Friendship and Disability in Japan

“Being disabled my entire life, I have yet to experience the kind of loss that MM must feel. To me, disability is the norm.”

Nov 21, 2017
Return to Partition: Finding Pakistan’s Past in India’s Present

The first time my grandfather crossed the India-Pakistan border was in 1947; the next time he crossed was in 2007, with me.

What Will Become of My Iranian Generation?

Leaving Iran as a political refugee without asylum, my mother, in essence, burned down our house.

How to Gossip about African Writing in Geneva

Meeting a fellow writer you admire in search of approval and permission.

If You Want Peace, Go to a Graveyard

“I grew up with the specter of death all around me.”

Oct 31, 2017
My Mother’s Hope: On Being a First-Generation Latina in College

“We can make a positive impact and pursue our dreams in this country—even when we feel unwelcome in it.”

Oct 17, 2017
Flexibility and Frustration: Navigating Life Through Istanbul

“As Turkey becomes an increasingly difficult place to live, many friends and peers have become perplexed by my determination to stay here.”

Oct 12, 2017
Eulogy for a Home: Tehran Revisited

Do my loved ones buried in Iran, my generational roots in the land, allow the country to continue to feel like home?

Oct 11, 2017
Body Wash: Instructions on Surviving Homelessness

“If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water so hot it sheds all the layers of who you once were and reveals someone new.”

Oct 06, 2017
The End of a Family, The End of the World

“What is the average life span of a species? Of a family?”

Teaching Under Threat

“During that class, I did not feel like a teacher; I only felt like a woman, a body in danger.”

Loving, Hating, Being From Texas

Expat Texans, Texan Democrats—all us Texan “others”—have a complicated relationship with our home state.

Sep 27, 2017
Love and Grief at the Edge of the Marsh

“When your husband is dying and your child is on the cusp of forming actual memories, nothing in the world makes sense.”