Culture: A Peculiar PlaceBy Priya Jain
When I saw the title of Julia Reeds book, I immediately became defensive. You see, I grew up in the South, and as Reed herself points out, there is the deep-dyed fear that lives in the heart of every Southerner, myself included: that a Yankee is putting us down.
A View from QueensBy Hirsh Sawhney
In Las Cucarachas, author Yongsoo Park enters the consciousness of Peter Kim, an urban pre-teenager whose life is defined by stickball, racial boundaries and fist fights. The son of Korean parents, Peter is an ordinary twelve-year-old in 1980s Elmhurst who is crass and excessively hormonal, and who has an inevitable disdain for authority.
The Savage Glitter of DowntownBy Daniel Morris
The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District did not exist before August 13, 1973. On that day, preferential treatment officially commenced for twenty-six city blocks in lower Manhattan.
Off the Shelves
Reviews of new works by Arundhati Roy, Joseph Lanza, Julia Reed, Youngsoo Park, and Anne Arden McDonald.