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ON TOLERANCE BY CAMILLO MAC BICA

ON TOLERANCE BY CAMILLO MAC BICA

I am first generation born in the United States and I grew up in what can probably be described (affectionately) as an Italian ghetto. As a child, I remember walking to Sunday mass on a warm summer morning and enjoying the smells of sauce and…

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KILLING RATS BY CAMILLO MAC BICA

KILLING RATS BY CAMILLO MAC BICA

What now seems a lifetime ago, after having returned from military service during the American war in Vietnam, I was living in Canarsie, an Italian ghetto in Brooklyn, where I was born and raised. First-generation Italian Americans seldom moved away from their familial roots (at…

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TORQUE BY CHRIS MOURTOS

TORQUE BY CHRIS MOURTOS

Recently I read about a curious device known as the Antikythera mechanism. It is a clockwork analogue computer created by the ancient Greeks some 2100 years ago that was once used to compute and track things such as the positions of the stars and the…

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AN EXTRAORDINARY STUDENT BY WINIFRED JENG

AN EXTRAORDINARY STUDENT BY WINIFRED JENG

It was a black and white photograph. The image had become yellow from age. The edges were damaged. However, it captivated my attention the first time I laid eyes on it. As I looked at the photograph, my mind traveled through time, to the Vietnam…

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A REVIEW OF <i>GOOD OMENS</i> BY KATHERINE SONG

A REVIEW OF GOOD OMENS BY KATHERINE SONG

I’m both an avid Netflix binger and a cinephile, so it’s always tricky to answer the “what’s your favorite” questions without switching on my annoying film critic mode. I could go on about how I don’t technically have a favorite and that there’s only a…

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SOMETHING I BELIEVE WHILE OTHERS MAY NOT BY WENXIN JIANG

SOMETHING I BELIEVE WHILE OTHERS MAY NOT BY WENXIN JIANG

I believe that someone can live alone and not with anyone else, even if I know I can’t do it. Most people, even encyclopedias, define society as the sum of relationships between people and the environment. People are social animals. As long as there are…

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HOW CAN THERE BE SUCH A THING? BY ADRIAN GU

HOW CAN THERE BE SUCH A THING? BY ADRIAN GU

When I was very young, the Chinese milk scandal happened in China. A famous milk powder brand was exposed for selling its noxious product to infants. Thousands of infants got birth defects because of the milk powder. Six infants died. Five years later, I discovered…

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SUNDAY SCHOOL BY BRENDAN LETIZIA

SUNDAY SCHOOL BY BRENDAN LETIZIA

  First off, I want to say sorry to all the Sunday school teachers who had the misfortune of having me as a student in the years leading up to my Confirmation. I was obtrusive, loud, unengaged, and if I am being perfectly honest a…

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THE IN-BETWEEN BY LIAM AGUILERA KELLY

THE IN-BETWEEN BY LIAM AGUILERA KELLY

It’s 3 AM, and I’m leaving a party in the Mexico City suburbs. I had spent the evening in the corner with my best friend agonizing over the same girl. I put on “Fuel To Fire” by Agnes Obel, a soft haunting melody that stirred…

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A PAINTING TURNED TO WORDS BY ASHLEY MCLEAN

A PAINTING TURNED TO WORDS BY ASHLEY MCLEAN

(Artist: Jean-François Millet) After coming across Jean-François Millet’s graphic piece originally titled, ‘L’Homme à la houe’ (1860-1862), Edwin Markham became compelled to write what would be the most infamous poetic pieces of his career. What appears to be a tall man leans over on a…

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