America is famously a nation of immigrants, a melting pot of cultures. And yet, few subjects will be debated as passionately this year as immigration reform. What are we really talking about, when we argue about immigration? And, what's it like to be 'fresh off the boat" in a country that sometimes doesn't seem to want you? We're sharing stories from the crossroads, here.
Ron Corn, Jr. is one of fewer than 20 fluent speakers of the Menominee language. He has devoted his life to saving his language from extinction through the community-based Menominee Language Institute.
Everyone thinks The Arabian Nights is a collection of stories and folktales from the Middle East. In fact, some of the most famous were written by Europeans, who fell in love with the tradition and wanted more.
Everybody used to learn handwriting in school. And whether or not our handwriting was beautiful, we knew cursive and studied penmanship. Today, clasroom instruction hours are shrinking and who needs penmanship when we have keyboards and autocorrect? This hour, are we witnessing the twilight of handwriting?
David Foster Wallace wasn't just a writer of novels and essays. He was also a prolific and energetic correspondent. Biographer DT Max used his letters as a primary tool for understanding one of America's most verbose and cerebal writers.