Life in the Blink of an Eye

What time is it on a plane flying across the Pacific? A flight from Seoul to Los Angeles takes 13 hours, and for those 13 hours, you exist in a sort of ephemeral limbo, neither here nor there. There’s this almost tangible connection to the world around you, so close you can swipe at it…

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How Does This Story End?

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.” –Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism ¤ Let’s begin with a warning. Before fascism takes hold in Sinclair Lewis’s vision of dystopic America, the…

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My Friend: A Remembrance

Hari Vasu was one of my best friends, and someone I had known since the first grade. He was incredibly smart and gifted, and it was clear that he had a bright future. The expectations for Hari were that he would become a doctor, and he threw himself at it fully, delighting in learning new…

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Yolocaust and the Shame Game

Last week, Israeli satirist Shahak Shapira launched yolocaust.de, a website chronicling photographs taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. These photos, collected by Shapira from social media sites such as Instagram, depict visitors at the memorial, their behavior ranging from irreverent to idiotic, and their captions, too. In one photo, a man sits cross-legged juggling…

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Broken Plates and Broken Promises

Eleanor Phillips’ BuzzFeed essay, “This is What My Mother’s Eating Disorder Has Taught Me,” includes simple crayon illustrations that are reminiscent of drawings my mother would make for me during her stints in treatment. Artistic pieces with no true professional talent, yet somehow they communicate sentiments better than any Matisse or Monet. At least personally, I…

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