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How Donald Trump gets away with saying things other candidates can’t

This is piece is not saying that Donald Trump never means what he says. It's just sayin'...

The Inaccessibility of the Lives of Others

Nobody has ever catcalled me.  God knows I’ve tried: short shorts, no top, the whole caboodle.  But however much I’m “asking for it,” it...

Stepping Back: Election Blues on Veterans Day

Over the long Veterans Day weekend, I’m hitting the final lap on the world’s most procrastinated thesis. I’m focusing on Virginia Woolf—specifically, on how...

City of Widows

In the month of July, when both heat and humidity are at their peak in the holy city of Vrindavan in north India, thousands of devotees stream in to offer prayers to their Lord Krishna on a day that is among the most auspicious in the year.

Sic Semper Tyrranis

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” -- Milan Kundera I. Invention One of the first documentations of African people in...

Poverty is not a Culture

Sendhil Mullainathan had studied poverty for years, and something haunted him in nearly every study. Born into a small rural village in India, the Harvard behavioral economist and winner of the MacArthur Fellowship—commonly known as a “genius grant”—was inherently skeptical of the narrative that the poor somehow deserve their lot due to a lack of discipline.

Wake-Up Call

What does it take to represent voters? Jeanne Dietsch takes us into the unglamorous, necessary work of democracy, of a candidate for local office knocking on doors, learning her community, facing the hard questions.

Kim Stafford: Two Poems on Trump’s Inauguration

Inauguration Day, 2017   The new patriot is a listener. The new citizen talks to strangers. The new continental congress convenes at bus stops, taverns and cafes, parking lots where...

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...

Trump: Making America Great (Britain) Again?

The British king’s efforts to establish “an absolute Tyranny” over the 13 original colonies led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In it,...

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...

Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the Brothels of Mumbai

I am seated cross-legged on a brothel floor on a hot April afternoon. The door is ajar. Just beyond it, a disheveled man in a...