Identity Filter
  1. Native Appropriations

    Adrian Keene, the writer behind Native Appropriations, focuses on current events and popular culture through the lens of Native American representation.

    Commentary
  2. Walls

    On teenage rebellion, thwarted: “Nothing had changed. I was still the same person with the same stupid clothes and the same baby toys. The house was still library quiet and Richard Marx was still my favorite singer.”

    Identity
  3. Sphinx: Exploring Antiquity and Modernity

    Neville Morley is a UK-based classics and ancient-history scholar. On his blog, he draws connections between his field of study and contemporary culture and politics.

    Academia
  4. Proximity Magazine

    Proximity “is a quarterly collection of true stories exploring place, space, and connections in the modern age,” featuring solid writing and a weekly blog post to help ease the wait between issues.

    Essay
  5. Halo-Halo, Mix-Mix

    Deborah Francisco blogs about identity, culture, travel, food, and understanding the past, present, and future as a Filipino American.

    Culture
  6. hAAthi Time

    The personal blog of Revati Upadhya, hAAthi Time is where the food, travel, and lifestyle writer shares her adventures split between two “home ports,” Goa and Bangalore.

    Culture
  7. The Public Medievalist

    From Game of Thrones to white-supremacist imagery, echoes of medieval culture are part of the current moment. The Public Medievalist is a webzine that explores the intersection of medieval history and modern politics and culture.

    Art
  8. Southern Foodways Alliance

    The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South — and its site offers a wealth of resources, stories, and oral histories to explore.

    Cooking
    A plate from Helvetia’s ramp supper. Photograph by Emily Hilliard.
  9. “It felt so odd to be so enclosed within a word, like I occupied a space—a space as small as their tongue. A coin perhaps, my value etched on the surface: gender: female, race: Asian, worth: half a regular person.”

    Identity
  10. cleaning the house, tending the weeds.

    On the accretion of stuff: “And so, without siblings in whose faces we might see our pasts, and without children who reflect back to us ourselves and our future, we cling to the representational, the inanimate, the stuff to which we attach memory and meaning.”

    Death
  11. “I spoke about achievement and beginnings, pausing and smiling as my voice reverberated. And I told God, privately, that I would saw off both of my legs and never take a sip of alcohol if only he would let me die somewhere other than up a holler in Lincoln County.”

    Family
  12. Questions My Grandmother Never Had To Grapple With

    “And she never reflected upon ‘the five questions to ask when discovering your personal brand.’ Her personal brand was the purple and silver blouse she bought herself after my grandfather died but she didn’t think of it that way because grandmothers don’t have personal brands.”

    Family
  13. Atlee

    “It was only in getting back into baseball cards that I realized that there were a couple of years in the late 1980s when my classmates had accurately identified a mixed-race adult for me to look like.” Nick Vossbrink at njwv writes about dealing with the “what are you?” question while growing up.

    Culture
  14. Who Are You Online? (My Travel Writing Reality)

    “I sometimes feel like we collect different versions of ourselves — and in an effort to fit amongst a particular crowd we pull one of those selves from the pack, like a magician mid-card trick.” Flora at Flora the Explorer contemplates her blogging and social media presence.

    Exploration
  15. For I am human #autism

    Thoughts from Sonia Boue: “My humanness is not other — it is a parallelogram of your humanness. A mirror in which to see yourself (at times).”

    Autism