To the memory of Xipaguazin Moctezuma

Sant Jaume de Toloriu, Alt Urgell, Catalunya There’s a story—half legend half history, as these things go—that I love and hardly ever see around in English. Mondays are good days for storytelling. Start your week sipping on this: in the part of Spain that isn’t Spain and isn’t quite yet France, there’s a town soContinue reading “To the memory of Xipaguazin Moctezuma”

lorica

When social-media star Essena O’Neill deleted all her accounts this week, she made an ironic splash. She re-edited captions on her Instagram posts: a bikini shot on the beach was now about starvation and obsession, a casual pose by the pool was about how she was paid to wear that dress. She made a videoContinue reading “lorica”

fearful but overjoyed

In the time between Mary Magdalene seeing the Risen Christ and telling the disciples, she was the church on earth. Fr. James Martin, SJ She’s my confirmation saint, because when she went out and told the men they didn’t believe her. Kaya Oakes All Saints Day, I know, is meant to be about the manyContinue reading “fearful but overjoyed”

accumulating “small acts of self-respect”

My friend Amanda made a video today about the process of learning self-love. I encourage you to watch it, and hear her thoughts before I ramble into mine. I’ve always found Amanda to be a generous companion when it comes to learning things that can seem nebulous at first. Whether that’s her willingness to take timeContinue reading “accumulating “small acts of self-respect””

dénouement

My next-door neighbor speaks pointed BBC English. I’ve met her only once, this morning, as I was heading out for the day and she was carting out the week’s trash. She knew me as the foreigner, and greeted me in kind, and I was startled by how unstartling that tone was in my ears again.Continue reading “dénouement”

silver and plata

One of the themes that came up in discussion with Santiago Porter tonight was his work as a photojournalist. He was constantly drawing distinctions between photography and photojournalism, and how he sees photojournalism as responding to editorial needs rather than being conducted by the priorities of the creator alone. It’s a bit of an artisticallyContinue reading “silver and plata”

magnolias can bloom

This is a picture of what I thought, until today, all magnolias looked like. It’s a magnolia grandiflora, or the Southern magnolia as it’s mostly called, native to the southeastern United States. The one that was in my backyard in Alexandria, Virginia, until I was eleven or so, was probably among the northernmost. And IContinue reading “magnolias can bloom”

Hamilton at the Public

I’ve had this in my drafts for over a month because I’ve been thinking that long about how to convey how much this means to me, but I can’t, so I’ll just list a couple of details. A few days into previews for Hamilton at The Public, a show that has been so ravely reviewed thatContinue reading “Hamilton at the Public”

potomac before it was potomac

photo of the Potomac by amomentmore I love this section of the rail between Virginia and the District, this rupture in the underground above the slate river. I love the frosted shards that floated beneath us this morning, the jade color that fades into cobalt by the time your eyes reach the horizon – something thatContinue reading “potomac before it was potomac”

Happy New Year

I still think in school years, so I often feel like I’m forcing myself to take account of all that’s happened this time of year. It’s the middle of the year, what’s with the fireworks? Still, listening to everybody else ruminate it’s hard not to start thinking back for yourself. I had a remarkable year.Continue reading “Happy New Year”

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