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The Wide, Wide World

The Nanny’s Loud Body

Late in the series run of CBS’s The Nanny, the show’s aesthetics of excess finally confront their final frontier: fatness. Thick thighs befall the...

I Mistook My Country For My Home

When I moved back to the United States, I thought I was returning home. But even after my grandfather’s death, thousands of miles separate...

Feeling Infrastructure

I watch trains to wait on the inevitable. A machine arrives from somewhere, proceeds elsewhere, and that’s it. The script leaves little to chance...

The Allure of Lost Cities

When we behold empty cities, we feel both the fascination and the fear of events that might be coming to neighborhoods near us. Shanghai, deserted...

James McCune Smith and Medicine’s Racist Legacy

“The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery...

The Trump Mystique

This is a moment, many have said, of white America reckoning with the profound depths of its racism. It’s a good idea. But what...