Places

Waiting to Go Home: On Being a Traveler in Trinidad

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

Apr 13, 2017
In the Sahara, a Little-Known Nuclear Wasteland

“There’s nothing nuclear in what I do. It’s just rocks we dilute into powder.”

The Law of Historical Memory​

A strange inheritance from a grandfather resisting Franco and fascism in 1930s Spain.

Monuments and Memory: Working at Arlington National Cemetery

“It was an alternate world, where the dead came everyday, and we treated it as normal.”

Apr 04, 2017
Writing Behind Walls

Teaching a creative writing workshop at a men’s prison in Iowa.

Apr 04, 2017
Borders of the Past: On Europe and the Berlin Wall

The idea of a peacefully united continent that acknowledges identity must prevail.

Mar 29, 2017
A Conversation About Disability Rights in Education

“We need to move our schools toward increased inclusion and disability justice.”

Reconciling with Less Home: Between Haiti and Me

How did I come to the point of romanticizing a home I could not even identify?

Mar 15, 2017
Für Bess: On Neighbors, Music Parties, and Growing Up

“It was that closeness that led me to notice the gaps that separated us.”

Mar 06, 2017
The Giant Garbage Pit, or The Largest Diamond Mine in the World

Then, a Robbery and a House on Fire: My Travels in North Siberia

Mar 06, 2017
These Dark Skies: Seeking Refuge on Europe’s Shores

This situation can be changed, but only if our compassion is stronger than our fear.

Feb 27, 2017
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