Category Archives: Essays

These are personal essays and commentaries – a few written by me, a few favourites by other writers I produced.


When I was in primary school and first learned about slavery in the United States, I got the roles completely reversed.

Here’s the essay I wrote about that for WBEZ Chicago’s morning magazine 848; it was also broadcast by the Public Radio International project Primary Sources.

photo by taylor.a



The Rules of Riding Polish Public Transit

Here’s an essay I wrote and voiced for Radio Netherland Worlwide’s The State We’re In.

It’s about the fraught business of getting a seat on a Warsaw bus or tram, and why it’s never as simple as just sitting down.