the false dichotomy

an american precedent for the radical outsider

On October 31, 2017, a person drove a pickup truck onto a bike path in downtown New York City, killing eight people and injuring 11. The driver had come from Uzbekistan in 2010 and was a legal permanent resident of the United States. Segments of the media immediately connected this tragic event with “radical Islam.”…

a summer with young gurus

a study of a selfless corporate culture

Last semester I was fervently searching for internships, looking everywhere from media outlets in New York to law firms in Raleigh. Nothing was falling into place. My Turkish friend kept telling me, “Check out Young Guru Academy. It would be perfect for you.” After a few weeks and a few more rejection letters, I finally…

feature bikes

bicycle fever

the bicycle in 19th century culture and our modern world

My hometown of Berkeley, California enjoys moderate temperatures and the infrastructure to accommodate bicycles, so cycling for sport and for transportation is ubiquitous year-round. Though bicycles are lauded for their utility, one of the main benefits of the bike is often overlooked: its ability to connect people to the world around them. When bicycles first…


do it yourself

independent study options at brown

Like most students here at Brown, I was drawn to this school for its Open Curriculum, excited by the prospect of being in control of crafting an education fueled by my passions. Now well into my second semester, though I’ve sampled some unforgettable courses, it seems I’ve committed to blindly plowing forward in the course…


view from the west bank

faith and loathing in the holy land

Within the walls of Jerusalem lies a grotto of timelessness, a place where the presence of history beckons in the alleys and every corner contains a scrap of sacredness to covet. Monks cross themselves under sanctified arches as pilgrims shuffle forward on canes, overcome by a silent wonder at their presence in the City of…