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The ghosts of the past in the paraphernalia of domestic nostalgia

by Collin Sundt
The ghosts of the past are easily summoned in the paraphernalia of domestic nostalgia. But the familiarity of quotidian objects can also mask the deep value with which they are imbued by their owners, making our own history often so difficult to catalog. After all, a family heirloom is just another thing outside the family. These vessels of the past are always tinged with a sense of loss, and that sense of loss transforms and doubles when the story and sentiment are drained away. This is what... [more]
Posted by Collin Sundt on 2/11/14
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Effortlessness, It’s Never Easy if You Try

by Christina Catherine Martinez
Seeking to postpone stock experiences and squeeze them all into our few days together, I avoided visiting the Tower until my mother arrived. We didn’t eat macarons at Ladurée, we didn’t get hot chocolate at Café de Flore, we didn’t jostle for selfies with La Joconde, but we went to the Tower. The visit itself is a symbolic gesture, because the symbol literally haunts no matter where you are in the world. Those curving lines, stretching skyward like a bit of pinched and pulled-up landscape, are... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 1/21/14
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Don't Let 'em See You Sweat: Notes on Work

by Christina Catherine Martinez
In the mind’s eye hangs a poster of a discomfitingly adorable orange-and-white kitten clinging perilously to a tree branch by a single paw. In thick bubbly script are the words "Hang in there, baby!” I don’t know much about what my friends have accomplished this year, but we are all exceedingly familiar with what we’re in the middle of doing, and more obliquely, what we intend to do. We know exactly how hard we’re working. *** Eight undergraduate students nurse Monday morning coffees,... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 4/12/13
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Don't Let 'em See You Sweat: Notes on Work

by Christina Catherine Martinez
In the mind’s eye hangs a poster of a discomfitingly adorable orange-and-white kitten clinging perilously to a tree branch by a single paw. In thick bubbly script are the words "Hang in there, baby!” I don’t know much about what my friends have accomplished this year, but we are all exceedingly familiar with what we’re in the middle of doing, and more obliquely, what we intend to do. We know exactly how hard we’re working.  *** Eight undergraduate students nurse Monday morning coffees,... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 4/6/13
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