Spiced Meat and Chocolate

I blame the war. Food rationing during the war, and the ten years after, created an anxiety about food that my parents carried with them to America.



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Cómo que mire : AzTexts from the Codex M

A poet of rhetoric and ethnography, Steven Alvarez brings an “outsider” linguistic perspective into his writing, which speaks to the contemporary “post”-Chicano experience.


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.