Category Archives: Non-fiction

Fiction and Argument: Building a Room of One’s Own

It’s been a painfully slow week. Well, the weekends have gone by quickly – too quickly, to be honest – but the days are dragging on. Maybe it’s a side effect of this frigid (ok, by mid-Atlantic standards) weather… The … Continue reading

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Le Bourdain Noir

  Disclaimer: This is not a post about┬áboudin noir – though I can tell you that I’d very much like to eat some – nor is it about Bourdain being black, or a black Bourdain, or…well, it was just a … Continue reading

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“Why We Can’t Wait” (And Why We Shouldn’t)

Like many other people, I suspect, I only knew about Martin Luther King, Jr. through four terms: civil rights; “I Have A Dream;” his assassination; and the holiday that bears his name. His legacy remains immense in the American consciousness, … Continue reading

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Shelf Reflections: The Year (and More!) in Review

On a chilly, rainy Friday morning back in October, I walked up to my bookshelf to find a book to read. I spent some time sorting through the spines until I began asking myself: How many of these books have … Continue reading

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The Souls of Hyphenated-American Folk

“As soon as you ask yourself the question, ‘What does it mean to be Irish-American, Iranian-American, Greek-American,’ you are American.” – Gish Jen Two months ago, I returned to the US after three long months in southern China, both in … Continue reading

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