Archive for Issue 12

THE BACKSLIDING HEART: A REVIEW OF MARTIN SCORSESE’S THE IRISHMAN (2019) BY EDWIN RIVERA

THE BACKSLIDING HEART: A REVIEW OF MARTIN SCORSESE’S THE IRISHMAN (2019) BY EDWIN RIVERA

The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, is a monumental achievement, a late masterwork produced in an era in which there is no real danger of what the journalist and screenwriter Michael Herr called “masterpiece fatigue.” Shouldn’t we expect a work of art from a  director…

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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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A BEAUTIFUL CHILD BY GEUN HO KIM

A BEAUTIFUL CHILD BY GEUN HO KIM

Miyoko was standing amidst a great tsunami of homo sapiens, all rushing to get out of their respective workplaces and to finally return home after a grueling and monotonous day of work in the Big Apple. Exactly who or what was waiting in the abodes…

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QUIETLY PERFECT BY CHRISTINE LI

QUIETLY PERFECT BY CHRISTINE LI

She knew it was crooked. The landscape of lavender at the height of blooming at sunset was perfectly level in the painting but it fell ever-the-slightest to the left, teetering on the precipice of a single screw, and it looked off and it felt off…

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