Tag Archives: identity

Book Review: The Fracture Zone

The Fracture Zone:  A Return To The Balkans, by Simon Winchester Not often does one get a second chance to better understand an area where one had previously visited, although admittedly it happens more often for writers and journalists perhaps … Continue reading

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Book Review: Odd One Out

Odd One Out, by Nic Stone In stark contrast to many YA novels, the author has a solid idea of the complexities that our contemporary obsession with identity and sexuality brings to friendships and relationships.  Quite strikingly for a novel … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rough Patch

Rough Patch, by Nicole Markotic There are strengths and weaknesses in focusing a novel like this one on a quirky and somewhat socially awkward teenager who happens to be somewhat obsessed with her bisexuality and its repercussions and who also … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Lenny Kravitz

If you grew up as a fan of rock & roll in the nineties and oughts, there are likely a lot of Lenny Kravitz songs you know.  Perhaps you know his work with other labelmates like Sheryl Crow or Mick … Continue reading

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On The Inescapability Of Privilege

It is easy for people to bash on privilege.  As a general rule, we are intensely sensitive to the privilege that other people get that we do not.  As a high school student whose family was of modest enough means … Continue reading

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Over the past few days I have pondered various aspects of what is a consistent problem, namely the fact that we are beings with both a rich interior life and a major lack of ability in understanding what goes on … Continue reading

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Enemies Among Us, Or How I Learned About The Other Side Of Identity Politics

In the aftermath of massive acts of violence there are a variety of responses that people and institutions can take.  Given my own feelings of deep ambivalence, I often find that few people have voices that are similar to my … Continue reading

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Dalla Dalla, Or Different Just Like Everybody Else

In life there are at least two kinds of difference.  There are differences we choose for ourselves and those differences that are forced on us by others.  And, as might be imagined, we tend to feel very differently about those … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club:  The Untold Story Of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids And Their Quest For Olympic Glory, by Julie Checkoway In reading this book, which I generally enjoyed, although I am not particularly well-versed in swimming history, I was … Continue reading

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On February 12, 2019, a lengthy naming dispute was ended between what is now called the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Greece over the naming of the country.  For almost three decades the two countries have been … Continue reading

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