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Learning Hungarian

Roza, my four-year-old daughter, is patient with me as I struggle to understand her. She doesn’t know it, but I’m in awe of the...

The Ghosts We Carry with Us

When I told my father that I was visiting Montgomery, his only reaction was fear — a bone-deep memory of water hoses and fire bombings, billy clubs and rough nooses.

Shoveling Dirt On ritual and grief at a Jewish funeral

Paul is in a coma, said the person calling. The doctors think this is the end. His wife Jenni wants you to come. She...

Of the Bridal Event at Filene’s Basement, Downtown Crossing, Ten Years...

I used to feel that I would just fly directly off the Down escalator one day, following a curving trajectory directly into Filene’s Bargain...

Born Here, Freed Here

  "I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia . . .  My life had its beginning in the midst of...

Making Peace with Pepperoni: A Muslim-American Perspective

As Muslim-Americans, we need to play a more active role in defining our faith, or will continue to have others define it for us The...

Fox Humana

If asked, the fox might say that one of the problems in her world, and ours, is that humans have overtaken her species as...

Can a Heretic Be a Hero? The Muslim Breakthrough of...

Last week, capping off a successful awards season, Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight--the first...

Love in a Cup

“I’ll have a chai,” I say. “You mean a chai tea latte?” my barista asks. There is a long, uncomfortable pause that she doesn’t seem to...

Monster Love

  You sign a liability waver and pay your money--for the chance to walk down a hallway two feet wide and forty feet long, in...

Bellydancers

A portrait in comics of an unexpected subculture in Vermont

On Video Games: Career Notes for Writers

Every year PAX East, the biggest video game convention on the East Coast, hosts a panel about breaking into games journalism. It's a chance for...