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Truth Teller Spotlight: Bea Chang, Essayist.

Truth Teller Spotlight: Bea Chang, Essayist.

“Traveling helps me figure out the right questions to ask. It is the writing afterward—sometimes long afterward—that feels like seeking and revealing the truth in the answers to those questions.”     For Bea Chang, who contributed the memoir “The River My Father Promised” to our “Maps & Legends” issue, life is–literally–a journey. At the...
Share This Poem: "Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature," by Joshua Poteat.

Share This Poem: “Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature,” by Joshua Poteat.

“Faint-not: I will take the dark part of your heart into my heart…” Joshua Poteat’s somber dictionary, “Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature,” first appeared in our “Bedeviled” issue in fall 2015. Click on the broadside below to print a copy for yourself, or scroll down to read the full text without formatting.   ———- Curiosities of...
Daredevil Costume Designer Paloma Young is Tony-nominated again! And brings plenty of snacks to the ceremony.

Daredevil Costume Designer Paloma Young is Tony-nominated again! And brings plenty of snacks to the ceremony.

Costume designer Paloma Young, who was interviewed for our second issue, “Hunt, Gather,” adds another Tony nomination in 2017 for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (that would be the one starring Josh Groban).  She already has one statue, for her work on Peter and the Starcatcher in 2012, which won several other high-prestige...
Breaking news: On the *Notable* Bea Chang and the river her father promised.

Breaking news: On the *Notable* Bea Chang and the river her father promised.

“They were river boys, he likes to say, and they grew up into mountain men. In college, they sneaked past anti-Communist guardposts by the pale gray of dawn to backpack into the mountain range that stretches down the heart of Taiwan.”   We’re pleased to see that Bea Chang’s “The River My Father Promised” has...
Online Exclusive: "El Rosario Road:    The spell of ordinary spectacle." By Douglas Haynes.

Online Exclusive: “El Rosario Road: The spell of ordinary spectacle.” By Douglas Haynes.

“The river swells. A white goose waddles out from a farmyard to ride the rapids, then disembarks and does it again. In a head-to-toe navy slicker and tall rubber boots, an ice cream man pushes his cart through the whitecaps. His thumb rings a bell …”   El Rosario Road Splay-leafed palms spike the fencerows....