Byline: By Ilan Stavans

Editor’s note: This op-ed by longtime Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans originally ran last fall in The Forward, is a news media...

On average, a healthy person spends approximately a third or maybe a fourth of life asleep. And sleep, lest we need to be reminded, is not exactly...

My father, who was a Mexican telenovela star, passed away in March. To deal with the grief, I have written a one-man play. It is based on, and...

An outsider suddenly intruding in a conversation. A phone ringing in the middle of a movie. An ad popping up while you’re online. A text disturbing...

The Invectives of King Trump

11/14/19

There are countless reasons to be outraged in the Trump era. I will focus on one: his language.Trump debases language all the time, in an off-the...

She wears her Jewishness with humility. Her demeanor makes her extraordinarily personable, to the point of inviting others to think of her in...

The Nick of Time

9/13/19

I’m at an age when people’s faces are measures to time. If someone looks visibly older than the last time we met, I get frightened, knowing, as I...

I have a hunch, vague yet persistent, that the United States won’t last in its current geographic configuration. With such pulls within it...

Friday Takeaway: Concentration camps?

7/18/19

Should the temporary immigration detention facilities (TIDF) where the Trump administration is housing asylum-seeking children and others be...

Should the United States constitution be dumped? The majority of nations don’t have one. And those that do don’t turn it into a fetish. I’m not a...

 A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the Springfield Museum to do a recording of “The Cat in the Hat” in Spanish and English. The experience was...

Who speaks for the children?

4/18/19

Have we forgotten what affliction is? Are we altogether immune to the atrocities being committed on a regular basis along the U.S.-Mexican border...

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