Secret Agent: How to Discover Your Neighborhood in Los Angeles

So it’s the second week of summer and you read How to Beat Summer 2019 Parts I – III, 10 Ways Not to Beat Summer 2019, and even How to Outline Summer 2019, but you’re still not quite sure what to do with all this newfound time on your hands. In this case, you’re likely […]

Rap Heat Coming from a Latino: Music in L.A. with Sal Roses

“What you give is what you get,But I only give respect,Where I really think it’s due,Tell me who the hell are you?” Sal Roses is a Salvadoran American writer born and raised in the City of Los Angeles, whose parents hail from the Pueblo of Santa Rosa de Lìma, La Union, El Salvador. As a […]

El Cipitío (2016), the new Cipitío

It’s not often that I have the opportunity to reflect on Salvadoran-American fiction. In fact, this is actually the very first time. The only other instance in which I’ve cited the work of a contemporary Salvadoran-American author is in a brief note on Juan José Martínez D’aubuisson’s Ver, oír y callar (2016), a nonfiction book […]

Why Visit Japan, Part II

Nishiarai prefecture in Tokyo, Japan; Summer 2017 The year was 1998, and I was about seven or eight years old. I remember that it was some time just after school when my brother and I had gotten back home from Lockwood Elementary. We’d sat down in the living room for what was supposed to be […]