More Than Survival

by David Diaz When I read a clickbait headline last month on the New York Times website – “Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours.” – I didn’t have to guess where Yale would land. This is a familiar story to many undergraduates here. Three generations…

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Nostalgia, or Homecoming Pains

For so many Americans, India still evokes an Orientalist tableau–kings and queens dressed in luxurious swaths of cloth, riding on elephants to the Taj Mahal. That vision is fictive, in part because India formed a democracy after a devastating revolutionary war, and in part because the Taj Mahal has only ever been a tomb. A…

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Make No Mistake

Home lies in the wrinkles on the corner of my father’s eyes, In the tremor and resonance of his quaking belly in response to his own jokes. It shines and captivates through my mother’s smile, Protests in the deep caramel tone of her arms that nursed me. Minutes and hours of commodified work, Entire revolutions…

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