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My Life in Music

When my closest friend graduated from high school in 2017, I gave her a playlist that I titled “memories” and filled with the songs that had soundtracked our friendship up to that point. When I got home that afternoon, I played the first song on the playlist, “Two of Us...

The Pigeon Towers of Cairo

“They are hammam towers, brother,” Mohammad Hola tells me. “Hola take you to one.” My de facto guide and new friend (whose nickname comes from his uncanny Spanish proficiency) is referring to the treehouse-like, wooden towers that stand atop rooftops all across Cairo. “Hammam, brother. You say pigeon, we say...

04/03/18: (Grey) Digital Photos of a (Grey) Filmy Day

I took a slow walk through a rainy day in Providence, with only the company of my camera. Through this chronological collection of captured moments that stood out to me, I aim to portray my experience of wandering through a classically dreary Providence afternoon. In flipping through these photos, impressions...

Through Mona’s Eyes

Let me begin by saying that I love a good tourist trap. When I visited Paris for the first time with my family a few years ago, we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, climbed up to Sacre Coeur in hilly Montmartre, and I even...

Where Do They Go

In the streets the women come and go, talking of Pasolini. Wandering through uncertain streets, through a thousand porticos, all leading to an overwhelming question: have I been here before? Shades glide to and fro, wishing for gelato, or perhaps the turbid face of an espresso, whose eyeless eyes meet...

Culinary Traditions

Every culture tends to have a tradition related to food. In today’s globalized world, these traditions have traveled far and wide, which can make it hard to pinpoint where ideas originated and what the ideas behind them were. Two years ago, I spent New Year’s Eve with a close friend...

In Praise of Slang

“Yo what u finna do in Santa Cruz? I hear there are bare waves if ur trynna hang ten on some narsty pounders this evening. Them waves are absolute units tonight so kowabunga, yaknow?” “Yeah forsure. A man is gonna skrt real quick but I think it’s lightweight chilly by...

We All Have an Accent

“Alright?” Martha shouted at me as I approached her on the street. “Alright what?” I shouted back, confused. She started to laugh as I inquired what she was asking “alright” about. Was it the weather? My day? My exam? Martha is from England, and apparently saying “alright!” there is actually...

Reykjavik Nights

The walk from City Center Hotel to the Harpa didn’t take too long of a time to complete—much like most walks in the easily accessible downtown of Reykjavik, Iceland. Among the narrow, cobblestone streets stood myriad houses, colored in pastels, all three stories tall at most. My boots were well...

On the Beautiful in Pants

Pants have captured my interest for a while now, but my fascination came to a head last fall during my semester abroad in Edinburgh. The pants on display in Edinburgh were an extravagant mix of slim and wide cuts, with unique colors, fabrics, and patterns a common sight. My attention...