My Uncle’s Years of Living Dangerously
Serving as Translator and Tour Guide for a Veteran Battling Schizophrenia
My 69-year-old uncle Henry gazed into the jaws of the Natural History Museum’s biggest celebrity, Thomas the T. rex, who was frozen in a silent roar.
I asked Henry, “How do you define danger?”
Henry answered, “Everything.”
I made a mental note. Later, I added the entry to the unique dictionary Henry and I are creating together. We call it a “thicktionary.” It documents the language of his mental illness. Other entries include …
Political Organizer Torie Osborn
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I Did Not Want to End Up in Modesto
The land around coaxes out
almonds, apricots, walnuts.
At 3 a.m., the call to irrigate.
—from “An Alphabet for a Mid-Sized City”
I am not from here, not from the Central Valley with its coded …
KCRW News Producer Saul Gonzalez
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ASU Historian Michael Rubinoff
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Breakfast on the Beach with Dad
Perry’s at the Beach Café has nine locations throughout Santa Monica and Venice, but I only really like one—and won’t bother going after 10 a.m.
My dad first introduced me to the morning charm of …
Two Suicides in 12 Hours
My cousin Armando drilled four holes on the top of his garage in Oakland, California one day and installed a mini-basketball hoop. It was the early ’80s, and the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston …