Natives & Neighborhoods

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My Father Wishes He Were a Writer, Like Me

Writing was just something I thought happened to people naturally, that whatever wasn’t written was eventually forgotten. And I wanted to remember everything.

May 9, 2019
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How Immigrant Sculptors Shaped an Artists’ Hub Called Kumartuli

This “heritage site” has been home to my family since the 1940s.

Jul 12, 2018
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Joan of Arc: The Girl Who Saves Cities

Statues and monuments tell us about ourselves mostly, what we hope to remember and be remembered by.

Jun 26, 2018
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A Brief History of American Utopian Communities

“Utopian communities are inherently tragic because they are always, every single time, doomed to failure.”

Apr 17, 2018
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Children of ‘The Cloud’ and Major Tom: Growing Up in the ’80s Under the German Sky

In the sky you could watch history happen as though on the world’s most massive TV, and history’s wreckage could rain down on you at the park with your friends.

Apr 4, 2018
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Standing in the Shadows of Brands: San Francisco at Dawn

When a city’s populace is wiped out of its longtime residents, so goes the collective memory of San Francisco.

Dec 14, 2017
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Flexibility and Frustration: Navigating Life Through Istanbul

“As Turkey becomes an increasingly difficult place to live, many friends and peers have become perplexed by my determination to stay here.”

Oct 12, 2017
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The Fourth Plague of West Philadelphia

“My girl calls it a balance of New York ambition and Southern hospitality, but I would claim Philadelphia for the Rust Belt.”

Aug 22, 2017
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Did You Know Anybody?: On the Manchester Arena Bombing

“The morning after the attack, I almost broke down when a colleague asked if I was okay.”

Jul 26, 2017
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My Eyes Yearn for You: A Short History of Longing in NYC

“Fashion’s bright lights beckoned me toward New York.”

Feb 14, 2017