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andrew-q-lam's picture
Apr.02.2013
A Traveler’s Notebook: ‘Chinese Dreams’ Covered in Smog There’s an ongoing joke in China that both captures the long standing competitive nature between Beijing and Shanghai while tying it neatly with the country’s number one preoccupation: pollution. “In Beijing you just need to open your...
ron-mcelroy's picture
Nov.06.2012
I gradually escaped the fate of my big brother Bill. I began to take things more seriously, to stay out of juvenile hall. I finished college, did well at amateur surfing tournaments, had some wonderful girlfriends, and somehow began to flourish in the grown-up world. I was also making frequent...
jean-stringam's picture
Apr.18.2012
A few days ago I attended the swearing-in ceremony to become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.  I hadn't anticipated being moved by it.  Maybe I envisioned something far less personal, but the messages of several of the speakers touched me deeply. One lawyer's text...
dennis-loo's picture
Dec.09.2011
The American Dream, as everyone knows, is that if you work hard, play by the rules, and persevere, that you will have a comfortable life for you and your family: (what used to be described as) the house with a white picket fence, 2.5 children, a chicken in the pot, and a Winnebago. What is the...
angela-lam-turpin's picture
Oct.02.2011
Lately, I’ve been feeling like a character in Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.”  I do not feel like the parents, who pretend their son is still their son even though he has grown into a monstrous caterpillar.  I do not feel like the boss, who fires the son for not showing up to work because...
barbara-ray's picture
Dec.29.2010
I've been absent for awhile as the press push for Not Quite Adults kicks into high gear. But I'm back... NQA launched itself into adulthood on Dec 28. I was thrilled yesterday to get a shout-out from the New Yorker's Book Bench. I can die a happy woman now. My coauthor and I discussed the book...
barbara-ray's picture
Dec.07.2010
As "Not Quite Adults" wraps up, I've been working on a new book with Maria Kefalas and her husband Pat Carr--what we're calling Generation-R (for recession)(Thank you Steven Greenhouse). They and a team of sociologists are interviewing young people from the Philadelphia area (see more...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Nov.23.2009
I wrote this essay some years back but since it’s timely once more, here it is with a little tweaking… Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Andrew—-   ****  “Thanks-giving,” said Mr. K., my seventh grade English teacher. “Repeat after me: Thanksgiving.” “Ssshthanks give in,” I repeated, but the word...
kristen-j-tsetsi's picture
Sep.17.2009
(Oh - and a contest!) 1. The Backword Books Contest: Win 7 Books by Backword Authors! (Paperback, that is.) CLICK HERE FOR GUIDELINES. 2. SELF-PUBLISHING AND THE AMERICAN DREAM Self-publishing is one of the many examples of people using their ambition, ingenuity, creativity, and drive to achieve a...
barbara-boyer's picture
Aug.12.2009
Yesterday I started taking you on my past journey's of my rationalization of being an artist and how that effects my friendships... today is kinda', well sorta' a continuation of yesterday. Recently, my book has started to climb in sales. Folks are talking more about Courage of Fear and indeed even...