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Author page: Lille Allen

The All

1. I  was raised to believe that I was made to do one thing. Find that one pursuit that fills my life with meaning and empty all my energy into it.…

American Rerun

“LAPD! Hands up!” A chorus of voices clipped the mid-May breeze, forcing its way into our open living room windows and breaking the barrier that “home” is supposed to make.…
Fredrick Douglass walks through a hallway with a confidant by his side, a look of defiance on his face. The confidant looks back at another version of Douglass, who is peering out of a painting and giving him a warning look.

Aside Affects

In January 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly report “The Employment Situation.” As might have been expected ten months after the World Health Organization declared a global…

Time Well Spent

It’s often said that we live in an attention economy. Various media and technology corporations—whether it’s Instagram, HBO, Spotify, or Twitter—are in constant competition for our attention, and not only…

Enter Ghost

1. There is a kind of cinematic prophecy, a big-screen dreamworld that eerily anticipates the real. An event erupts into our attention—a natural disaster, a political movement, a war, a…

Idol Threats

Early one Saturday morning in the summer of 2013, Vijay Kumar, a shipping executive in Singapore, woke up to a news alert on his phone. A museum in Australia had,…

The Way We Treat Them

We make the elderly into prisoners Giving them a white suit To be transported from one place to another Discriminating because of background Discriminating because of cancer Unbearably hard Unbearably cruel The moon You think I haven’t seen But…

Specular Maps

Like comic books, video games hold a peculiar place in the public imagination. Closely associated with misguided youth, they’ve served as scapegoats for shortening attention spans, antisocial behavior, and violence.…