Talk the talk
A push for English to be the official language of the US has both a dark history and a regressive vision for the future
Speaking in tongues
In a world that converses only in English, we’ll talk only of banal things: that’s why I want my children to be bilingual
As we mourn the poet, do we not mourn the loss of what he had in his keeping: a way of living that served us for aeons?
If a cat could talk
Felines walk the line between familiar and strange. We stroke them and they purr, then in a trice they pounce
I type, therefore I am
More human beings can write and type their every thought than ever before. Something to celebrate or deplore?
Verbal gaffes can profoundly challenge our sense of self, offering insight into our idiosyncrasies and desires
Losing my voice
When I left Nigeria for Belgium, I made my husband’s home my own. But homesickness lodged like a stone inside
Why wait for the loss of hearing to appreciate sound? Turn off the white noise of your thoughts and start to listen
Us and them
From newborns to nation states, we trust similarity. But does that mean we must hate difference?