Here we present some favorites from our first six months of publishing. Happy holidays, everyone. And thank you so much for making this the best, most amazing year for everyone at Popula.
(We’re semi-off during this holiday week, but will be publishing a few things every day!!)
A House for Mr. Soyinka
A visit to the author’s house with photos wow
On the difference between Silicon Valley technosurveillance and the Chinese kind
Friendly milk supplied by a dictator
The National Enquirer Used to Be Fun and Good
Then not so much.
For My Father
A father and a daughter.
Bob and the Mystery of the White Stones.
Is the mystery solved? kind of
Certain resemblances between Ba Jin’s ‘Jia’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’
Watching the soaps in Italy after school, vs. translating a fruity Chinese novel
Football is for people who can accept a loss.
A Black Voice in the Echo Chamber
On black “conservatives”
Twisted textbooks in Africa.
Ezra C. Daniels
Are You At Risk for Empathy Myopia?
Blind Dates of the Near Future
Not gonna get any easier
Glenn H. Shepard, Jr.
Coxinhas and Petralhas
Brazilian slang before the election
Down with the daily crime story
The cops shouldn’t be telling the story.
I Love Desi
Early complications of identity politics
I Make You a Cocktail: Luna Negra
A story, a recipe, a song, a drawing
I really do not give a shit so long as the person makes a purchase
Pretty much what it says
I Thought I Was Taking Medicine
Ten years on benzodiazepines
In a Pig’s Eye
Wot’s a gammon, then
The taste of a skin color.
Moviegoing in the Age of Anxiety
Don’t be late!
Sailor Moon Made a Woman Out of You
What you wanted, and what you got.
Just read this please.
The Apparatus that Dares Speak its Name
The Ambien Diaries
SWIM has done it all.
The Cafe Talkers of Somalia
Fighting while seated.
The Extravagant Inversion of Values
When you miss God
One-Piece Bathing Suit
Lucas Iberico Lozada
Immigration disaster is happening to all of us
Magnets: how do they work?
Haider, Miller, Alixopulos
What Richard Dawkins Doesn’t Want You to Know About Islam
Everything! Just like him
The Center Held Just Fine
Sorry, Joan Didion is the worst
Why I hate hospitals
An Australian emergency medicine expert, on just a human level
One of Y’all Can Write it Down
The job of teaching prisoners isn’t romantic or literary; it’s something else altogether
Eu acordei com medo
Just before the election, a carioca faces the frightening reality of Brazilian politics
Ron Regé, Jr.
If Everything is Free
Things would be so different
What if you were just a performer in the circus of your own marginalization.
John Denver’s glib appropriation of West Virginia, mountain mama.
The King and His Beloved Dog
A beautiful but not a heartwarming fable.
“We’ve been psyop-ed with a rusty knife.”
Disinformation practiced at a high level of complexity in Belgrade.