Certain of my Doubt

IT WAS NOT UNTIL I READ Life of Pi a few years ago that I realised the extent of my sins. "It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics," Pi Patel told his creator, Yann Martel. "Doubt is useful for a while. But we must move on. To choose doubt as …

Mother and Daughter

Mother When I was nine, the same age as my daughter is now, my best friend and I were lying on the living room floor flipping through my family’s photo albums. She stopped on a page and delicately fingered the black-and- white photograph of my mother and father at their wedding. “Wow,” she murmured, “your …

On Being Foreign

They were a gypsy sort of family, roaming from Italy, to Algeria, to Tunisia and, finally, America; first New York, then to California. He was a third-culture kid well before it became part of the global lexicon. I suppose that was partially why my father was never quite clear about his background. He never would …