Places

In Houston’s Diverse Culinary Landscape, Who Cooks, Who Eats, and Who Gets to Stay?

On a fast-growing city, food as culture, and why you can’t talk about Houston’s cuisine without talking about race.

Feb 20, 2018
My Grandmother’s Patois and Other Keys to Survival

​Patois was our secret,​ allowing us to be in the English world and ​then escape to Jamaica through language.

Feb 13, 2018
Adventures in Coffin Making

“What leads a man to transact with death for his daily bread?”

Feb 08, 2018
We Go to the Park to Go Somewhere Else: On Houston’s Green Havens

You’re in the city, but you aren’t. You don’t have to spend any money. No one’s asking about your documentation. You don’t have to do much at all except for exist, and open your eyes.

Feb 07, 2018
What You Find and What You Lose When You Seek a New Home

Often we only talk about what the immigrant gains, or what they “take.” We don’t consider what they have left behind.

Feb 01, 2018
Ghosts and The City

“Gentrification and excessive development are major realities in major global cities, but in Istanbul, they’re on steroids.”

Jan 25, 2018
The World of Transshipment, Where One Glitch Can Lead to Chaos

I couldn’t stop thinking about what I would do if something went wrong. If I made a mistake, my son and I might go back to being homeless.

Jan 25, 2018
On Houston’s Roadways, We’re All Connected

There’s a motif in Texas that your car is a part of yourself—it’s a coming of age. Where you learn what you’re made of.

Jan 23, 2018
How Houston and Its Diverse Hubs Made Me Who I Am

It’s a sturdy sort of empathy, the kind that makes things happen—whether it’s after the loss of a sports team, or before three hours of traffic, or when the waters are rising.

Jan 10, 2018
The Space Between Us and the Ground Below Us, or: Why I Traveled to Japan

“I was a gay boy, a black gay boy, in a place and time that seemingly eschewed everything I stood for.”

Jan 03, 2018
An Immigrant Londoner in Brexit Limbo

I wasn’t born here. But I have lived here for fourteen years, and London has made me what I am.

Dec 20, 2017
While Teaching in Japan, it Took an Enemy to Make Me Feel at Home

Yuka took my feelings of alienation and monstrousness and turned them into a hilarious joke we shared.

Dec 19, 2017
A Syrian Family Under Siege in Eastern Ghouta

“No one can answer if I ask why someone wants half a million people dead.”

Dec 19, 2017
Working on ‘The Post’ Helped Me Pay Tribute to My Father the Newspaperman

I wish I could tell my dad that I worked to recreate the newsroom. That people still think newspaper stories—and stories about newspapers—are worth telling.

Dec 18, 2017
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