What Will America Look Like?

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The Many Masks of Sabir Abdussabur

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Treading clouds and shelling peas

“Mrs. Bell says nothing. Mrs. Bell is as silent as the grave.” This was how Virginia Woolf described the works of her sister, Vanessa Bell, while walking through her first solo exhibition in 1930. I sit in the quiet underground room of the Beinecke Library, holding in my hands a thin slip of the old […]

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Carnival

We all knew about Koh Samui. At the beginning of every summer, the graduating seniors of the Chinese International School, all ninety-something of them, would toss their crimson caps in the air, collect their diplomas and jet off to the gem-shaped island on the Gulf of Thailand. They’d return a week later, dazed and euphoric, […]

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Leaving the Valley

Of the few dozen transfer students currently attending Yale College, nine hail from a two-year, 26-person, all-male college located on a ranch in the middle of the Californian desert: Deep Springs. When people at Yale ask about the college, Deep Springers usually have a couple of short sentences prepared. “It’s a cult on the desert, […]

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Tiptoeing around the Great Firewall of China

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