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Tag: Essays

Three Bodies in Texas

There’s an optical illusion that went viral a few years ago, an illustration from a nineteenth-century German humor magazine. From one angle, the drawing looks like a duck; from another,…

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…

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,…

Child’s Play

Trattenbach is a small, conservative village in the province of Lower Austria, some sixty miles south of Vienna. Outside of the region, it is almost entirely unknown, and it likely…

Objects of Fire

In Berry Creek, it came in the middle of the night. In Paradise, at 8 a.m.—some people had already left for work; some weren’t yet awake. In the hills of…