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Lying in Translation: Notes Towards a Truthful Memoir

In the grocery stores, dime stores, department stores of the New Orleans East neighborhood where I grew up, my grandmother stole and I lied.  It became part of the rhythm of our days:  Lala brought us into the English-speaking world, where the Americans talked like chirping, or was it squawking birds—I can’t pin down the analogous word, but I knew she didn’t like the sound of it, … 2,429 more words

Memoir

Whatever Floats Your Boat

“Our love was lost;

But now we found it.”

– Love Lost, The Temper Trap

On the theme of “Afloat” for this week’s Photo Challenge, I immediately thought of Hat Yai’s Floating Market I visited last December during one of my trips to Hat Yai and Songkhla as part of my fieldwork.

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Thai Cuisine

Milton Glaser: Designing Dylan

I can’t help myself – when I go to record stores, sooner or later I find myself in the Bob Dylan section. Seems reasonable, but I’m usually trying to spot if they have one of my least favorite albums of his: … 1,466 more words

Graphic Design

The King's Last Game

Steven Church | Ultrasonic: Essays | 2014 | 15 minutes (3,655 words)

Imagine this: It’s early in the morning at the Graceland estate, well before dawn on August 16, 1977, just a few hours before the end, and the crickets and cicadas are thrumming in the Memphis heat. 3,823 more words

Longreads

Adrian Blevins: My Mother's First Husband

My mother’s first husband, who was the first mentally ill person I ever met, rents storage spaces all over D.C. He saves in crate after carton after crate: paper towel tubes, his son’s second grade science projects and college term papers, broken air conditioners, hammers, screwdrivers, curtain rods, weights, spatulas, pots and pans, old cans of paint, drills, sandwich bags, magazines and books and paper clips, window panes and big, long rolls of pink insulation and leather gloves and half-empty cans of shoe polish and arm chairs and tube tops and baby aspirin and vinyl records as well as the files of the court records (as well as their Xeroxes) of what was said before the judge between he and my mother more than forty years ago. 1,443 more words

Personal Essay

Evaluate My Work, Not My Body Art

When I was an undergrad, one of my reasons for wanting to continue in academia was my aversion to Western formal clothing. If I became a Ph.D. 620 more words

Tattoos

Why I Don't Run. Ever.

It was my first time in a cinema and I was agog.

People dipped discreetly into boxes of chocolate-covered nuts. There were carpets on the walls. 757 more words

Running

Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar's New Album

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, … 2,347 more words

Education

Assessing the Damage at Hatra

Last month reports swept through the global media that ISIS had used bulldozers to level the ancient city of Hatra. ISIS has already destroyed a… 1,560 more words

Antiquities

On the "Dangers" of Female Travel

This could just be a story about countries deemed dangerous for women to travel to. But it’s more than that. This is a story about our perception of danger and how we’re told time and time again that the unfamiliar and the foreign are more dangerous to us than what is on our own doorstep. 1,189 more words

Travel

Would You Say That to a Man?

“I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.”

I was in my mid-20s and a promotion opened up in my division at work and I planned to apply for it. 1,095 more words

Sexism

Behind the Scenes, My Food Photography Set-Up

I’ve had quite a few inquiries about my images and posts over the past few months, and I thought it would be a nice idea to post some of my set ups for you guys to see. 1,364 more words

Food Photography

For Girls and Grief

The first girl I ever kissed had a mouthful of luring words and veins full of Percocet.
I wore the potent perfume of pineapple vodka on my breath and wilted forward into her lap, 720 more words

Poetry

This is Literally My First Post in Years

This is something that I’m sure a lot of people have noticed: there is trend toward using the word “literally” in a sentence where the speaker is not actually being literal. 1,369 more words

Linguistics

Lady Day at 100

Too often, when we hear about Billie Holiday, we hear mainly about her struggles with substance abuse.  We hear about her tumultuous love life and troubled childhood. 605 more words

Jazz

Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur

Gangaur Ghat is located at the heart of the city of Udaipur and is very easy to find. Upon leaving the City Palace via the north gate, walk down until you reach the flight of stairs on your left for… 184 more words

Photography

So We've Been Publicly Enlightened: What Jon Ronson Wants Us to Learn from Our Own Behavior

In So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson tells the stories of people who have been savagely pilloried for their mistakes, and — just like when these events unfolded in real life — it’s impossible to look away. 3,528 more words

Interviews

Top Ten By Year: 1978

For those unaware of my Top Ten By Year project:
The majority of my viewing habits have been dictated by this project since September 2013. Jumping to a different decade each time, I pick weak years for me re: quantity of films seen and/or quality of films seen in comparison to other years from said decade. 3,984 more words

Film

I Allow Myself Poetry


I’ve said this before, but poetry is probably the largest influence on my comics.  What I feel and experience in reading my favorite poems is what I hope to express in comics.   213 more words

Comics

What I Did For Love

So I openly and loudly consider myself one of the luckiest women alive, because somehow I managed to find one of those incredibly rare and unique men who is kind, loving, loyal, intelligent, funny, laid back, and who puts up with me willingly and happily. 886 more words

Love

Humanity Not Included: DC's Cyborg and the Mechanization of the Black Body

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is our second guest post on the New Teen Titans (or one of them anyway).  If you are interested in writing something for us, click the “Submit” button on top and contact us. 2,309 more words

Comics

There Is Crying in Science. That's Okay.

People cry. Scientists are people. Therefore, scientists cry. So why is it that scientists and academics can get so freaked out by a colleague or student crying? 948 more words

Science

Letter to a Young Transperson

Dear Me in Past Tense,

There you are, kneeling by the cardboard Barbie house dad made between jobs. You there, picking up the washrag upholstered furniture, aspiring to the talent to make a miniature couch out of packing foam, there are a few things I should tell you. 528 more words

Transgender

Producing BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: An Inside Look

Around this time last year I wrote an article about my then job, which was managing the social media and website for BBC Radio 4’s… 3,461 more words

Radio

The Two-Sentence View of History

I’ve been reading a lot of accounts recently that argue indigenous people asserted much more control over many areas of the continent into the 19th century than modern people usually assume (check out… 562 more words

History

Documentary Photography: Photos of the Week

Check out what PJ students at the International Centre of Photography were up to this week.


Light and Shadow/Soumita Bhattacharya


Light and Shadow/Soumita Bhattacharya


Light and Shadow/Soumita Bhattacharya… 96 more words

Photography

We Don't Need No Thought Control

Our kids are in CRISIS.

I work with teenagers in an affluent suburban area.

They don’t comprehend what they read. They use calculators to multiply 10 x 10. 1,576 more words

Education