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Mixedness

What a privilege it must be for people to be able to identify you, to place you correctly in the American mosaic with just...

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...

Going Back to Denmark: Landscape and Memory

1.   Denmark has a sense of smallness, of boundedness. That was my initial impression as an American returning to a childhood home after forty...

Meeting President Obama: A Farewell to Representation

This article is being published in collaboration with the Kennedy School Review. One day last fall, at a small campus in the heart of New...

Dismantling Communication—Literally

A friend was telling me about a particularly awkward experience recently—which I will not share here, except to remind you that coffee is indeed...

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...

Speak Up, I’m Eavesdropping

I put it off as long as I could. Covered up, as people do; smiled and nodded. Finally I gave in and went to...

The Fatwa on Chess

  Saudi Arabia's leading religious authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, last week put a fatwa on chess in advance of a tournament scheduled to be...

Aphorisms for a Lonely Planet

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Oliver Sacks: A Hero’s Journey

ZEITGEIST On a sunny day in an outdoor cafe in mid-August, I found myself thoroughly absorbed in Oliver Sacks's memoir, On the Move: A Life,...

Esperantists

"Intimate relationships in Esperanto? ... Yes... there's been some ... exploration"