Essays

Thy Face Tomorrow

What does it take to live without the ability to smile or move half of one’s face? For that matter, what does it take to live at all?

Subaquatic Homesick Blues

A Taiwanese scifi novel—set under the sea, after the surface becomes unlivable—reveals the remarkable burst of cultural freedom in 1990s Taiwan.

When the Vibe Is Off

Which matters more, intent or interpretation? What if a juxtaposition of images in literature or art is just that—a chance encounter?

This Land Is My Land

Many landowners view themselves as environmental stewards. But can the environment ever be protected within the frame of private property?

Mission Impossible

The university has been changing, to be sure. But has the proportion of students who want to devote themselves to acts of humanistic creativity?

Antiracist Praxis

Antiracism challenges us to wholly reimagine what it means to study human and inhuman conditions in their various forms.