The Beauty in Change

By Reina Ackerberg Before writing this post, I took a moment to reflect on the norms and ideas I have learned throughout life from my own experiences and those I have been taught by my parents and siblings. Growing up in a family where a religion wasn’t practiced, I was invited to choose how IContinue reading “The Beauty in Change”

Segregation vs Assimilation: Two Sides of a Bad Coin

by: Anika Hahn In the short story “My Son the Fanatic” by Hanif Kureishi, part of the family assimilates and another part overly separates, depriving the London community of diversity and evolution of culture. Parvez and his wife are from Lahore, a city in Pakistan, meaning that the family has a darker complexion than theContinue reading “Segregation vs Assimilation: Two Sides of a Bad Coin”

Fanaticism—the Malignant Inflexibility of our Cultural Beliefs

By Taggert Smith Our discussion of Hanif Kureishi’s short story “My Son the Fanatic” spanned a wide range of topics, but by the end came to focus on the question of who was in the right—Parvez or his “fanatical” son Ali. To my view the tragic emotional divide of father and son implicates a cancerousContinue reading “Fanaticism—the Malignant Inflexibility of our Cultural Beliefs”