Essays

List: A Short Description of Cultural Appropriation for Non-Believers, Part II

Read Part I 1. You run a small hotel in Kerala near the beach. 2. Hearing that tourists like yoga, you hire a teacher named Ram. 3. A guest from America, Linda, studies under Ram for six months before going home to start her own school – which she calls “Ram’s Yoga.”

A beginner’s guide to meditation and how it will help you lead a happier life: Rajeev Balasubramanyam

A past Fellow of the Hemera Foundation for writers with a meditation practice, and writer in residence at Brooklyn Zen Center, Rajeev Balasubramanyam offers a beginner’s guide to meditation and explains how it could help us all live more blissfully.

McSweeney’s Issue 51

Ernie Wang’s story “Stay Brave, My Hercules”-which appears in this issue-won the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize For Emerging Writers. Issue 51 features eighteen brand-new stories so compelling that you’ll read through the night and far into the next day, until your boss calls and warns you that you’re on thin ice, buddy, and better get to the office right away-but we swear it’s worth it.

TORCH: My American Playground

TORCH: My American Playground I was born in England, but my earliest memory is of America. My mother had taken me to a playground at the crest of a low grassy hill. The sun was shining and I was hanging from a purple, spiral-shaped climbing frame, happy, carefree and safe.

Air France, India to Paris, 1996

As France flirts with political Armageddon, my mind returns to the gentleman with whom I shared a flight in 1996. I was returning from India on an Air France flight bound for Paris. He was sitting to my right, an unshaven, tousle-haired man in his thirties who smoked incessantly and refused all food, drinking only coffee.

List: A Short Description of Cultural Appropriation for Non-Believers

1. Your new friends Bob and Rita come to lunch and you serve them idlis, like your grandmother used to make. 2. They love your south Indian cooking and ask for the recipe. 3. You never hear from Rita and Bob again. 4.

Rajeev Balasubramanyam | Frieze

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