Category Archives: Reflections

On the Passing of Branko Lustig

Last week, Branko Lustig, the double-Academy Award-winning producer of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993) and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator (2000), passed away. A Holocaust survivor, he was also a driving force behind the awe-inspiring USC Shoah Foundation, whose mission is “to … Continue reading

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Why I Signed the Writers’ Petition to the Toronto Public Library

One day, early in the first year of my MFA program, I was in middle of working on a scholarship application when I got a call at home from one of the professors writing a letter of reference for me. … Continue reading

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Finding My Thing

“I often reflect upon what it means to identify as an oral historian. What makes each one of us an oral historian…? Are we oral historians only if the interviews we conduct are transcribed, indexed and deposited into a traditional … Continue reading

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Happy 94th, J.B.

The towering James Baldwin would have turned 94 two days ago, had he not passed away in 1987. It was lovely to see his birthday celebrated in various ways online this week, though perhaps no tribute was quite as moving … Continue reading

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“Urgent Interventions”

I am an enormous admirer of Arundhati Roy, the Indian writer who is perhaps best known for her novels The God of Small Things (1997) and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017). While both of these books are undeniably masterful, and I … Continue reading

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On Punditry, Implicit Bias, and Campus Racism

Generally-speaking — and findings below will tell you why — there is plenty to be dissatisfied, frustrated, and even downright angry about if you’re a student of color on a college or university campus in the United States. It should … Continue reading

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Why PBS, and Viewers Like You, Must Continue Saving POV and Independent Lens

[NOTE: This piece was first published on September 8, 2015, at Medium. It was subsequently named a “Must-Read” by MediaShift, and shared on social media by Los Angeles Times TV columnist Robert Lloyd, San Francisco Chronicle theater critic Ellin Stein, Gideon’s … Continue reading

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