What the Rom-Com can teach us about making change and doing good.

Palm Springs (2020). Photo by Jessica Perez.

The internet is abuzz over Palm Springs. As it should be — Max Barbakow’s new time-loop movie is the latest streaming sensation in a summer of veritable bangers. The romantic comedy, which debuted on Hulu on July 10th, is a welcome delight in an otherwise wretched year. As it takes up questions of depression, monotony, and confinement, the true genius of Palm Springs seems to be its entirely accidental relevance to the conditions of the moment.

The sense of being trapped in a single day, doomed to repeat over and over again, without any end in sight is not only…


Personal reflections on memory, vocation, and a very big book.

“But she remained simply serious, turned her long neck a little, and put up her hand to touch her wondrous hair-plaits — an habitual gesture with her as pretty as any movements of a kitten’s paw.”

“Who shall tell what may be the effect of writing? If it happens to have been cut in stone, though it lie face down-most for ages on a forsaken beach, or “rest quietly under the drums and tramplings of many conquests,” it may end by letting us into the secret of usurpations and other scandals gossiped about long empires ago: — this world being apparently a huge whispering-gallery. Such conditions are often minutely represented in our petty lifetimes. …

Rafael Hernandez

Writer and college professor from Miami living in Oklahoma.

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