This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz This is what I wrote about the first Junot Díaz book I read, This is How You Lose Her: We follow Yunior through various phases in his life, as he loves and loses women. He is a … Continue reading Fiction or nonfiction?
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez is a story that looks at the lives of people from Central and South American countries, Before and After. The Before concerns itself with what motivated them to leave their homes and seek out a better future … Continue reading A case of good intentions
Last week, I went on a trip by myself, on buses and trains. I had been on this journey about six years ago, bundled up in a winter coat and falling asleep against the window, my head lolling about. I felt like a student again, … Continue reading Tiny bits and pieces
To the young couple I had the opportunity to meet, a type I had always felt uncomfortable around, but didn't have the clarity of thought or the words to express why: With your big house and two cars, fancy jobs that let you work from … Continue reading Meet and greets
Growing up, Fridays were for relaxed brunches and general laziness. My mother pointed out to me that brunch came from the words breakfast and lunch, as it was eaten at a time that was neither morning nor wholly afternoon. I thought she was very clever … Continue reading A matter of chance
Earlier this month, I read my work in public for the first time. It was a short personal essay, and I suspect I read faster than I should have. My voice was warbly and my hands were shaking the entire time. It was more exciting … Continue reading An update + recap
I wanted to tell my son a story, even if he wasn't being too encouraging. "Will it be a short one?" he demanded. "Back when I was in middle school, which is quite long ago, I'll tell you that-" "Of course, we know that." I … Continue reading How not to make friends