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Day to day in Riempi Life in a South African Township

SPRAY PAINTED ABOVE THE WINDOW on a dusty piece of warped scrap metal are the house’s dimensions: 3.2 x 3.7. On each side, old addresses from previous government administrations have been marked…

Garden in the City: Havana in Shades of Green

I am becoming an amateur herbalist, offering unsolicited advice when someone mentions they have a cold. “You should make a tea of cordován, yagruma, oregano, menta, and salvia,” I rattle off to…

Forcing Drama on a Story

KEVIN ROCKED ON MULTIPLE FRONTS: he put together a nonlinear narrative with a voice and style that escaped the deadened earnestness of so much travel writing, and he had a solid structure…

Coming Of Age In My Indian Family

Even before I became a part of his family, I often thought of my Hindi teacher, Virendra-ji, as my grandfather, simply because the two reminded me so much of each other. Both…

My Son’s Sweet Mexican Education

“Dulce, dulce, dulce, dulce,” sings my two-year-old son as I stroller him over cobblestones. Yes, “candy” is one of the first Spanish words he has learned since moving to Mexico. It turns…

On Backpacks and Babies An Auto-Cartography

This morning, Steve and I woke up late and tired because our two-year-old had been up twice in the night dreaming about scary dinosaurs, and then there was an incident with a…

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