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A photo of a person squatting at a shoreline whose body is reflected in the water.

Can We Say Hong Kong?

I am asking you, prompting you—forcing you even—to pause and reflect on something that we take for granted—namely, saying “Hong Kong” with such certainty and confidence


17th century oil painting, still life, featuring a tulip, a skull, and an hourglass

Three Authors Who Understand Time

In an effort to explain the theory of relativity to inquisitive interviewers, Albert Einstein once used this anecdote: “When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.”

Watercolor painting of a rainbow by J.M.W. Turner

Roy G Biv

Philosophy has tried to “Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,” and the rainbow is the first victim of the scientific revolution.


The Violence Inherent

We are at a cultural moment where Native videographers are able to exercise self­-determination and shoot back against the historicizing gaze of anthropology.


Different colors of paint running down a printed page of text.

Let’s Talk Language

What is lost when words fail? Language can serve as a preoccupation, and in that sense become a cage.