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Diana Wagman

Teaching for America in Crips Territory: Relentless Pursuit

Reading Relentless Pursuit: A Year in the Trenches with Teach for America is inspiring, frustrating, exhilarating and exhausting. Inspiring because of the students who learn and grow and graduate despite violence, unwanted pregnancy and poverty. Frustrating because the Los Angeles Unified School District and the federal government want to make......

Best Anachronistic Bird Watching

The bird watchers know where to look. Look up. Look into the trees. Across the ravine. Elysian Park has always been a spot for bird watchers — those kooky folks with binoculars, floppy hats and vests bearing lots of pockets who are perpetually looking up. Lately, they have something other......
(Illustration by Ronald Kurniawan)

Best Place to Find a Dead Clown

{mosimage}You can almost hear the rattle of the wooden roller coaster, the calliope music from the carousel, as you enter the California Institute of Abnormalarts. They will terrify and amaze you. Bright circus colors and tiny twinkling lights. Something to see in all directions: the skeleton of a fairy from......
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Light

Art by Rise Mezo The sun was barely up, but already Lydia felt soggy from the heat. The sheets twisted and clung to her naked body. Between her breasts ran little streams of perspiration, spilling from the pool in the hollow of her neck. Even the white tile floor in......
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Keeping Up Appearances

James cannot laugh or cry. He is unable to smile, raise his eyebrows, or even move his eyes from side to side. He has a rare condition called Mobius Syndrome. He believes his inability to register emotion on his face has suppressed his emotions. "People," says James, "they are their......
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