The origins of strange family traditions are sometimes hard to trace, especially after decades. How many things are we doing without really knowing why we do them?
This year, the internet forgot 11 September. Maybe that’s too strong a phrasing — 11 September happened, and most people treated it like any other day, Thursday, the day before Friday. Headlines of US papers were filled with a variety of news, but no commemorations or retrospective think pieces. Here and there, you saw flashes […]
I’ve never had the privilege of visiting the Pearl Harbour memorial in Hawaii, although I have of course seen pictures and read reports about it; friends who have been have told me how intensely moving it is in its simplicity and raw honesty. It is not just a memorial, not just a cenotaph marking the […]
There are a series of photographs of my grandfather in Korea, standing under camouflage netting on what must have been a hot and sunny day, from the dramatic shadows cast on his uniform and the objects around him. He’s smiling in many of them, a crooked smile that looks a lot like mine, and looking […]
Here is what I wonder: How many people remember historical cusps after the last survivors pass away? 69 years ago today, the United States was forced into the Pacific Theatre by a dawn bombing raid on the Hawaiian islands, a territory the United States was occupying, but hadn’t yet deigned to make a state. I […]