Category: Book Reviews

A Return to the Natural World, with Carlos Magdalena (A Book Review of “The Plant Messiah”)

You see, plants are our greatest yet most humble servants; they care for us every day, in every way. Without them we would not survive. It is as simple as that. In return for their generosity, we treat them appallingly. I’m probably the last person to talk about plants or nature in my circle but…

The Plant Messiah at the Conservatory of Flowers

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Traveling with Che Guevara

I hopped on a Philippine Airlines flight last May with only one book in my carry on: Ernesto Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Shop your local indie bookstore). Fourteen hours later, I was in Manila with my parents and at 6am, we sped past the early risers of the city. We…

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Debriefing, with Susan Sontag

Reading Susan Sontag has always felt like gentle rain coming down on you midday, on a quiet street with no shade in sight, no umbrella on hand. So you soak all of it in. You let her words seep through your pores, a place where water meets itself. After reading her diaries and journals, I…

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Living Out Our Truths, with Gucci Mane (A Book Review of “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane”)

I remember hearing Wasted for the first time in 2009, at the height of my Lil Wayne obsession (specifically Tha Carter III) and I couldn’t help but mouth off the catchiest line ever: Rock-star lifestyle, might don’t make it, living life high every day clique wasted Granted that I wasn’t really living a rock-star lifestyle (I was…

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Beyond the Rice Fields with Naivo

Ravinkazo nanintsana Ka ny lasa tsy azo ahoana Fa ny sisa ampanirina Leaves falling There’s no protecting those that drop But those that stay are made to grow (Malagasy Hainteny) First, an embarrassing confession: I am woefully ignorant about Madagascar, the Malagasy people and the Malagasy culture. It wasn’t until I signed up for Restless Books monthly…

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