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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...

Reading Sontag When Life is Sci-Fi

I’ve never been able to read much non-fiction, always lamented my impatience for it. And yet now I find I’m unable to put down...

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...

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,...

Pandemic Story Problems

1. Mariah gets a temporary job that pays her $1 on Day One. On the second day, her pay is doubled to 2 dollars....

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...

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...

Lucky Jews

Few Jews now live in Poland, but their existence as hand-carved miniatures rolls on. Erica Lehrer explores the cultural dimensions of these figurines.

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...

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...

Perspective: Trump’s Acts May Face America with an Unwelcome Dilemma

President Trump has a well-known habit of accusing others of what he himself is guilty of. For example, he calls Hollywood “racist” and accuses the national...

Complaint and Prayer

In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to publish Marie G Coleman's personal essay "Complaint and Prayer." Coleman's piece...