Super Shorts 2: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

It wasn’t until I was a graduate student that I had any real exposure to Indian culture. One of the things about it that raised a lot of curiosity in me was that it was a culture that even in the late 20th century seemed to function pretty seamlessly with a good deal of arranged…

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30 DoB, Day 26: A Book That Changed Your Opinion

Every day when I drive to work, I see them standing to the side of a strip mall parking lot.  Every time I go to the community park in the morning for tennis, they’re clustered near the entrance. They are day workers, almost certainly every one of them in the country illegally. Thinking about them…

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Friday Drabble: In Arizona

A few weeks ago, Ross started the Friday Drabble – a drabble being a very short story of exactly 100 words.  Feel free to join in and write your own 100 word stories on Fridays, and tag them with “friday drabble”.  Link to them in the comments here, or on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble.  Go on, give it…

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The Tortilla Curtain

The other day, I stopped and got gas and I've been thinking a lot about it ever since The scene: In the morning at a 7-eleven in a northern part of San Diego – about 25 or 30 miles from the border with Mexico.     In the shade of a tree in the parking lot,…

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The Tortilla Curtain

The other day, I stopped and got gas and I've been thinking a lot about it ever since The scene: In the morning at a 7-eleven in a northern part of San Diego – about 25 or 30 miles from the border with Mexico.     In the shade of a tree in the parking lot,…

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300,000,000

According to reports I've been seeing and hearing today, Tuesday will mark the birth of a person that will push the population of the United States to 300 million.  Pretty impressive.  When I was growing up, I had always heard that America was a nation of "about 200 million".  I remember seeing the stats from…

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300,000,000

According to reports I've been seeing and hearing today, Tuesday will mark the birth of a person that will push the population of the United States to 300 million.  Pretty impressive.  When I was growing up, I had always heard that America was a nation of "about 200 million".  I remember seeing the stats from…

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