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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.

Writing life

I walk away, because I know just how fast and short my temper burns. At the drop of a hat, bridges will be in ashes.

Something Like Springtime

What happened? Jonathan Richman moved to Maine.

Amazon’s Endangered Species: World Culture

A brave new world, ripe for the grabbing.