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  • 06/28/16--15:17: Going Home
  • More from the archives — this was written about a year ago.  I’m not entirely sure if I decided that it was finished or not….   My executive director recently discovered that I’m Cuban.  “Oh,” she said, scrolling through an Internet video to show me a particularly cruel squat she’d seen, “are you going to go?”   My face betrayed me, and she caught herself.  “Is your family exiles?”   Yes, I said,.. Read More

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    Written in June of 2014.     Some thing are worth saying because they are timely; others, because they are true.    Lately in Cleveland, I have had a routine: after the quieting of the daytime bustle and as the long summer evenings bent into darkness, once parents were asleep, I made tea and took my laptop to the living room for emails and writing and general webfuckery, the cornerstones of my California.. Read More

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    According to my computer, I wrote this in 2014 — on Christmas Day.  Huh.   Hey there!  Do you have opinions about what’s happened/happening in Ferguson?  Of course you do!  You’re a person.  Perhaps even a person who cares about peace and justice!  Maybe you could use some extra ammunition for all of your Facebook arguments with people who think “posting links to Ted Nugent’s point of view” is a helpful tactic.  Maybe.. Read More

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  • 07/08/16--20:31: “Sharing,” My Ass!
  • Written late October 2014; rejected by Grist and Shareable shortly thereafter.   Have you shared lately?  I don’t mean “share” in the sense that most of us use the word — the sense that we’re taught in preschool and kindergarten, the sense that commonly implies “wait your turn” and “be considerate of others” — but rather in the Silicon Valley definition of the term, with the rather less-common meaning of “use an app.. Read More

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  • 07/10/16--20:35: Your San Francisco Treat
  • Reaching waaaaaaaaaaay back before this blog even existed: March, 2007.  This was written for an NYC friend’s zine, and I honestly have no idea whether it was ever published, or whether the zine even existed past its first issue…   In September of 2006, I moved back home for a temporary, painful stint in Cleveland.  The job market was crap, none of my friends were around, and the whole four months I was.. Read More

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  • 07/12/16--20:40: Our Dumpsters, Ourselves
  • Written in April 2012.  I came up the title and needed SOMETHING to match it!   When conservative pundits caricature progressive, ecologically-minded urbanists as hothoused wealthy elites, I can’t help but laugh: I fit the profile as far as a college degree goes, but I’ve also spent more time in a dumpster than I ever anticipated at my Georgetown graduation and, sometimes, I’ve eaten ketchup packets for dinner.   We’ll get back to.. Read More

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  • 07/14/16--20:44: Enter the NoPhone
  • Wrote this in September of 2014 — it was commissioned by Shareable, who then didn’t run it (or pay me).  Transient and forgettable?  Maybe… but so was the topic.   If you or someone you care about happened to be among the huddled masses lined up outside an Apple store awaiting the iPhone 6, then maybe — just maybe — you need some smartphone methadone.  Enter the NoPhone: Dutch designer Ingmar Larsen’s gift.. Read More

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    Another tidbit from before this blog even existed: written in 2008.  Edited in 2012, by which point the sentiment had already well passed, but oh well…   The biological clock is rumored to exist within all human females; it begins its supposed steady progression at menarche, the moment it is turned on, but the ticking doesn’t really start to thrum until one’s twenties, when the siren call of the ovaries becomes impossible to.. Read More

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  • 07/18/16--20:50: On Israel
  • Written in September 2014.  Not posted because WHY WOULD I INVITE THAT INTO MY LIFE eh fuck it though…   My life isn’t complicated enough. I think I’ll write about Israel.   Much ink has already been spilled about Israel, and Palestine; my purpose here isn’t to add to the cacophony but to clarify certain dimensions of Israel’s identity, to better understand the claims made about it (and about Palestine).   1.  Israel.. Read More

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  • 07/20/16--20:58: Water Music
  • The final essay brought up from the archives… a personal piece, written in the immediate aftermath of late January 2010, edited later that year, still felt in 2016.   I am on the BART back to Oakland and the music pulses in my purloined headphones, hijacked from the seat-back pocket and emblazoned with the United Airlines logo.  They’re cheap headphones but the sound quality is better than earbuds, rich with depth and clarity that.. Read More

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  • 10/16/17--03:11: Santa Rosa: A Love Letter
  • I was there last in August, on my most recent trip to the Bay Area. I stayed at my aunt and uncle’s house, just across the street from the high school and down the road from Santa Rosa Junior College; my aunt and I made our usual stop at the Santa Rosa fish market, a downtown hole-in-the-wall with seafood so fresh the air is thick with brine, and you walk out the door.. Read More

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    -wearing khakis -wearing sweatpants -(wearing unisex sweatpants) -wearing a hoodie -(wearing a Shaun White for Target boys’ hoodie) -not wearing makeup -wearing glasses -long hair -short hair -being fat -not being fat -being outspoken -being well-mannered -being intellectually serious -being a comedian -being a feminist -femininity -androgyny -plainness -daytime -nighttime -who i was hanging out with -who i wasn’t hanging out with -going to a religious school -being a virgin -not being a.. Read More

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  • 11/05/17--17:03: When You’ve Gotta Be Right
  • Berners, spring/summer 2016:  Any result that is not Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee is illegitimate and wrong! We must disregard the votes of millions of black women, who have overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, to get what we want! Also identity politics is a stupid distraction from the *real* problems facing America, which can only be solved by class-based solidarity led by the white men writing Internet screeds saying so.   Berners, fall.. Read More

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  • 11/18/17--18:03: Dear Al Franken
  • Please. Step down.   It’s been a long few weeks for women (and men) who hold memories of assault and harassment as part of our lived landscapes. It’s been a good, surprising kind of pain, to see predation and abuse met with actual consequences, but those consequences nonetheless demand the excavation of our own scar tissue, all of those itches that so many of us have spent so much effort trying desperately not.. Read More

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  • 06/01/16--23:11: This Body
  • Written in spring 2013   My toes are hairy; fine enough hairs on the four little toes to go unnoticed but the big toes betray my Hispanic roots more than any other feature.  In Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides defines the “Hair Belt” across Eurasia but he forgot to jump oceans and include us bestial Latino folk, swarthy, unibrowed, hairy-toed Latin lovers that we may be.  The paint on my toenails is chipping, half off,.. Read More

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    I began writing this three years ago; it was meant to be an epic, but I lost steam fairly quickly.  Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last week has rekindled enough enthusiasm to post the fragment that I finished now.   Like so many others, I am a giant “Harry Potter” nerd.  With the release of the final film, I’ve been embroiled in some discussions — and read some articles — about.. Read More

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  • 06/06/16--02:08: Les Mis-a-Trois
  • Another blast from the past: an attempt at the Internet-hallowed form known as “snarky recap,” from early 2013.  Because I always shoot for the advanced-level shit, this first effort was for a threefer — the novel, stage musical, and movie musical versions of “Les Miserables.”   A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO LES MIS   Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables has been in theaters since Christmas Day, but with its multiple Oscar nominations and the general.. Read More

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  • 06/28/16--15:17: Going Home
  • More from the archives — this was written about a year ago.  I’m not entirely sure if I decided that it was finished or not….   My executive director recently discovered that I’m Cuban.  “Oh,” she said, scrolling through an Internet video to show me a particularly cruel squat she’d seen, “are you going to go?”   My face betrayed me, and she caught herself.  “Is your family exiles?”   Yes, I said,.. Read More

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  • 07/08/16--20:31: “Sharing,” My Ass!
  • Written late October 2014; rejected by Grist and Shareable shortly thereafter.   Have you shared lately?  I don’t mean “share” in the sense that most of us use the word — the sense that we’re taught in preschool and kindergarten, the sense that commonly implies “wait your turn” and “be considerate of others” — but rather in the Silicon Valley definition of the term, with the rather less-common meaning of “use an app.. Read More