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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Accidental Landlord

Accidental Landlord

Enticed by stories of people who were flipping houses and making piles of money, I bought a run-down house on Montrose Avenue in spring 2006….

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ZAYDE

ZAYDE

  My grandfather had died. I was four years old. I rested my elbows on my mother’s knees and gazed up at the strange men….

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Temple of Irreverence

Temple of Irreverence

I am neither religious nor especially spiritual nor convinced that God exists. Jewish by background, I am secular in practice. And while I appreciate the…

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An interview with Shailaja Padindala

An interview with Shailaja Padindala

The short film ‘Memories of a Machine’ was screened on 15th Oct, 2016 at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Written and directed by Shailaja Padindala,…

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Mehnat and Mazdoori in Barcelona

Mehnat and Mazdoori in Barcelona

My husband and I are on our way from Madras to Paris. Chennai, actually. Calling the city Madras is more like responding to our pet…

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Educating Oneself

Educating Oneself

I went to the University of Texas because it’s where my mother would have gone if she’d had the chance to go to school beyond…

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The Sway

The Sway

  In Ecuador I keep seeing a trace of 17th Century handcarts known, at one time, to have carried Confucius.  But now we’ve come to…

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A Magical Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

A Magical Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

  Harry Potter and The Cursed Child hit the bookstores on 31st July, 2016 and it has been causing an insane amount of excitement  across…

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The Commune

The Commune

America has a long history of utopian experiments, a history that stretches far beyond the hippie communes of the 1960s. Some of the earliest European…

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Mahasweta Devi: Writing as Protest

Mahasweta Devi (1926-2016)

Embed from Getty Images   When I first read Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi, it created a minor explosion in my ‘reading’ life. The theme and starkness…

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In a Dark Wood

In a Dark Wood

1 There were four bunks in the room and two seemed already claimed.  Some boxes sat on them, partly opened, and some clothes hung on…

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Colored Lights

Colored Lights

Belmont is a neighborhood for lawn ornaments. We decorate the private landscape: Canada geese by the front walk, pink flamingos in the garden bed, a…

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From the Editorial Desk

From the Editorial Desk

It is our tendency often, to divide the world. The cans and can-nots, the haves and have-nots, deserving and the undeserving, all become part of…

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