Love and light at the end of the tunnel

My essay is out in The New York Times, and in the process, I got to talk to Daniel Jones on the phone, after years of reading his words and edits. Since then, I have been on the receiving end of so much love from friends, acquaintances, and kind strangers. That has filled at least a few … Continue reading Love and light at the end of the tunnel

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Highlights of the week: Poetry, race relations, and cat altars

I think my life satisfaction this week was the highest it's been in over a year. Very pleased to see that grad school hasn't totally beaten away my capacity for positive emotions. Highlights: Mon: Quiet Lightning reading. Met and read with some really talented writers and had a blast! Talked to people about race relations, yellowface, … Continue reading Highlights of the week: Poetry, race relations, and cat altars

The Improbable American Dream: Independence Day reflections

"You were born with [an American passport]," my cousin said over WeChat yesterday, "So you will never understand those who desire it so much." I will point out that my cousin was born in Australia and now lives in Makati, the wealthy district in Manila, with two live-in maids. His father, my uncle, is a tenured professor … Continue reading The Improbable American Dream: Independence Day reflections