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“I grew up in the village behind me. It’s very...


“I grew up in the village behind me. It’s very beautiful here but there are few opportunities. Whenever I think about my children’s prospects, I grow sad.

“I want to be a chef.”“What’s the best...


“I want to be a chef.” “What’s the best part about being a chef?” “You can make your own dessert.” (Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

“What’s your favorite thing about your...


“What’s your favorite thing about your sister?” “Her happiness.” (Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

“I wanted to be a singer. I loved music. I practiced all the...


“I wanted to be a singer. I loved music. I practiced all the time and worked on writing songs for myself.

“There were no paved roads here when I was a boy. We had...


“There were no paved roads here when I was a boy. We had to walk for 3 days to get to places that only take 2 hours now.

“What’s your goat’s...


“What’s your goat’s name?” “Goat.” (Hunza Valley, Pakistan)

“One beautiful thing about advocating for the poor is that...


“One beautiful thing about advocating for the poor is that feminist ideals are advanced naturally. In order to fight eviction from their homes, women whose religion has kept them secluded have been allowed to emerge into public life.

“It’s a difficult time to be a socialist. The left has...


“It’s a difficult time to be a socialist. The left has been depleted everywhere else, but in Pakistan it’s been decimated.

“The most important thing about swimming is to not be...


“The most important thing about swimming is to not be afraid.” “What advice do you have for people who are afraid?

Continuing in the tradition of last summer, I’m going to be...


Continuing in the tradition of last summer, I’m going to be travelling during the month of August and posting stories from overseas.

“I had a nanny named Carmela Geribelli. She was a...


“I had a nanny named Carmela Geribelli. She was a Sicilian woman who lived across the hall from me at my apartment building in Queens.

“I found out my boyfriend was cheating when I got...


“I found out my boyfriend was cheating when I got Chlamydia.”

“There were two young people fighting at the apartment I was...


“There were two young people fighting at the apartment I was staying in, so the police came. They took all our IDs and saw that my green card had expired, so they took me to jail.

“I shot my father in the brain but I was acquitted because he...


“I shot my father in the brain but I was acquitted because he abused me.”

“Serving in the army, you can say that I was a pawn in another...


“Serving in the army, you can say that I was a pawn in another person’s game. But you can say the same thing about someone that works at JP Morgan.

“I was the stereotypical kid from Harlem. I was a good student...


“I was the stereotypical kid from Harlem. I was a good student until 4th grade, but then I started going down the wrong path.

“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I...


“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I was always behind on my rent, so I spent so much psychic energy worrying about what was going to happen.

“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I...


“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I was always behind on my rent, so I spent so much psychic energy worrying about what was going to happen.

“My mom was a single mother, and she worked two jobs so that she...


“My mom was a single mother, and she worked two jobs so that she could send me to Catholic school. All she wanted was for me to make good grades, but I just brushed it off and didn’t try.

“This picture is from our senior class trip to Disney World. I...


“This picture is from our senior class trip to Disney World. I was much more confident then. I thought I was going to be a business owner.


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