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An Oscars Emergency in Tlaxiaco

The local authorities had less than an hour to put up the screen, the speakers, and whatever else was needed to watch Yalitza make her way down the red carpet.

The Dora Mayer Duty

In 1916, when this story began, there were only a few Mayers: mad, hysterical, independent, interesting women—alone in their time.

Behind the Barrier

Any one of these prototypes could have easily been created by one of the masters of minimalism. Not Donald Trump, but rather Donald Judd.

I felt a familiar numbness settle over me

Living in Pakistan has taught me that political change is not as sexy or dramatic as I had envisioned it as a teenager in suburban Dallas.

The Doppelgänger

My father, the minor spy novelist Mendel Portugali, rarely spoke of his famous namesake.

Stuck in the Shopping

The obvious idea is that you will be forced to buy something you don't want, perhaps through sheer fatigue.

Things Unseen Primary category in which blog post is published

Plenty to think about, but not much to believe in

At Grace, love is a practice as much as a feeling.

Post-Apocalypse Election Blues

I'd find myself riding a bus with a friend's giant face on the side of it—a disconcerting feeling.

As the World Turns Primary category in which blog post is published

Los Marginales

My fascination with Lobos de Mar marked the moment when I began to move away from everything I had previously known.