“Oh, my God, that’s a Rembrandt!” my mom half-shouted, waving her hand close enough to the portrait of Nicolaes Ruts to get a stern look from museum security. “I love Rembrandt.”...
In a recent Netflix comedy special, Hasan Minhaj, a writer for the Daily Show, describes watching Fox News’ heavy hitters, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Bill O’Reilly, walk to lunch. Minhaj sees all of them leave their glossy midtown offices, those epicenters of American Islamophobia; cross the street; and get in line at a street food cart for halal chicken over rice....
Librarians, Scholars, and Spies: How a Trove of Chinese Ancestral Records Found Refuge on Columbia’s Shelves
My fingers run along the rice paper pages as my eyes trace the inked lines for three characters: Yan Ji Ci.
My grandfather turned 100 this summer. When he was born, Czar Nicholas II was still in power, World War I hadn't started, and William Taft had recently finished his term in office. My grandfather's parents and oldest brother came over from somewhere in Eastern Europe earlier in the century to escape anti-Semitism and get a new start. He turned 16 in Philadelphia when the stock market crashed, but he sold hot dogs at Phillies games and put himself through Temple University, becoming a dentist. He met a woman at a picnic for single young Jews, and he married her. She got pregnant with my uncle, and right after he was born, my grandfather shipped out to Europe to be a dentist with the Army Corps of Engineers, landing in Normandy three days after D-Day....