This series was previously published in WAX Digital Magazine, 2017–2018

On the corner of West 123rd Street, across from Marcus Garvey Park, sits an elegant, brown-brick townhouse. Grecian columns flank its doorway, supporting an ornate arch that circumscribes a fresco. According to a report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the…


At seventeen years old, Ebrahim Anaam is as much of a millennial as it is possible to be. When I met him in August, he was working a summer job at a local deli, raising money for his freshman year of college, which was starting in September. Anaam likes the…


Running a deli in Harlem is difficult work. I know because Rami, the day time manager of Deli Grill and Market, told me. “You’ve got to put at least ten, twelve hours into a business,” he said, in a lull between customers. Rami is friendly and approachable, but catch him…


The man who owns 11 West 122nd street was friendly enough. “I’m sorry, I’ve got a meeting,” he said with an ingratiating smile, hovering on the landing of his brownstone’s stairs. “But I’m relatively new here; I’ve only been here for around twenty years.” I thanked him and moved on…


Debe takes a break from packaging incense to pose with some recent merchantise. Most artifacts are brought to the U.S. by his sister.

It’s not unusual to pass by street vendors selling selections of assorted Africana. But if you want the full kaleidoscope of African culture, you need to step into African Paradise, a small store front on Malcolm X between 126th and 127th Street. …


All page numbers correspond to the 1974 Penguin Classics print, translation E.F. Watling.

Introduction

“[W]here is daddy when you need him?” — Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, reminiscing about her father, a watchmaker, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Dr. Rick Bright, May 14, 2020.

I’m sure I am…


Reading Darwish, we are struck by a vision of poetry that stands between reality and myth. “Language will take the place of reality,” he tells us, “and the poem will look for its myth in the entirety of human experience.” And yet, in his poem to Said, we find Darwish…


“To affirm the priority of Being over existents is already to decide the essence of philosophy.”

Levinas, Totality and Infinity

“Does not Being in general become the Being of “a being” by an inversion, by that event which is the present (and which shall be the principle theme of this…


Interview by Isaac Fried

Jamie Aroosi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. His first book, “The Dialectical Self: Kierkegaard, Marx, and the Making of the Modern Subject,” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), is the first comprehensive analysis and synthesis of G. W. F. Hegel’s two most…

Isaac Fried

Occasional journalist; constantly curious; formerly @YUCommentator and @theharlembee; MA Phil University College Dublin

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