Essay

  • A figure clad in swimming shorts with an American flag on them faces away from the camera and is poised to jump into a natural swimming hole
       By Carlos Lechuga
    July 29, 2020 | Carlos Lechuga
    Photo by Carlos Lechuga Translator’s note: On July 16, 2020, the Cuban government announced a set of economic reforms that includes the immediate rescission of the 10 percent surcharge on...
  • A Kashmiri village, swaddled in snow and ice
       By Feroz Rather
    July 20, 2020 | Feroz Rather
    From the Family Album A writer born in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir reflects on how his older brother must have felt once the freedom to roam the apricot grove and streets of the...
  • A photograph of a multi-colored merry go round on the snowy ground outside of a school
       By Erica X Eisen
    July 17, 2020 | Erica X Eisen
    Photo courtesy of the author Judging an English Olympiad in Kyrgyzstan, the author witnesses her native tongue “being sliced and slivered like a summer melon” while the h...
  • A black and white photo of a crowd with a figure at its center who is blurred
    January 7, 2020 | John Weir
    Adapted from a photo by Jake weirick on Unsplash Like a dead pop star, Susan Sontag left behind a lot of fans who claim they knew her. After the release last September of Benjamin Moser’s new...

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