THE POWER OF P’s: Philosophy, Puberty, and Pumice

The Power of P's

I  GREW UP  IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA IN THE  EARLY 1950’s, when television was  in its infancy (only three channels).   We had a twelve inch…

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Living with Jazz

Living with Jazz

I was painfully aware of my lack of a jazzer’s ear the year I spent playing tenor saxophone in my high school jazz band. I…

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Medea on Prozac

Medea on Prozac

Dyna Kassir’s essay is a collection of speculative thoughts, diverse and scattered but many times blended and regrouped, inspired by the 2008 movie “Slumdog Millionaires” directed by Danny Boyle.

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Crooked Aesthetics

Crooked Aesthetics

It is 2012. My youth group in church does not invite me to a party because they think I am too weird, and that my…

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Remembering Bargemusic – A Love Story

Remembering Bargemusic – A Love Story

I wrote this piece in 1996, in the early years of Bargemusic, before its full flourishing and when it was still possible to get a…

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A Series of Backhanded Compliments

A Series of Backhanded Compliments

“Before I met you, south Indian people made me cringe.” Just as my roommate uttered one of her most ignorant remarks to date, I bit…

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Stairs to the Sundial

Stairs to the Sundial

(Poetry Collection ‘Available Light’ by CP Surendran – A Review)   With ‘Available Light’, CP Surendran unleashes on us, verses set to the eternal ticks…

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#DoGoodForBlaze

#DoGoodForBlaze

I did not know Blaze Bernstein personally until this morning. Yet, this morning, when I belatedly came to know of his untimely death, I could…

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BLOODLINE

BLOODLINE

I picked Washington Square1 from a low shelf in my parents’ living room, having courted the idea for a while, as the book looked pretty. I…

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The Thing about Mumbai Locals

The Thing about Mumbai Locals

Every morning I wake up at 8 am. I get dressed, wear my expensive tie and shiny watch. Then I roll my sleeves and walk…

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From Samuel Goldwyn to Andrea Arnold: the transformation of Heathcliff’s filmic identity

From Samuel Goldwyn to Andrea Arnold: the transformation of Heathcliff’s filmic identity

Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff is ‘a Lascar’ and a ‘dark-skinned gipsy in aspect’. With the arrival of Heathcliff, the idea associated with him is that of…

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Leonardo Da Vinci: The New Biography

Leonardo Da Vinci: The New Biography

Suhail Rasheed shares his experience of reading Leonardo Da Vinci’s new biography by Walter Isaacson

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Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

I Skyped with four eighth graders seated in someone’s living room while someone’s grandma puttered around in the background, obviously eavesdropping on our chat about…

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What They (Don’t) See

What They (Don’t) See

Starting in level 1, we began getting evaluations each spring. They checked boxes to indicate our progress in four categories, and now I can’t remember…

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King and Queen of the Weekend: The Glorious Revisionism of Lorde’s Melodrama

King and Queen of the Weekend: The Glorious Revisionism of Lorde’s Melodrama

In 2013, Pure Heroine burst into pop culture with a precocious “Royals” that was more acutely aware of the limitations of adolescence and the humility…

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