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Letter from the Editors

In Letter from the Editors, Spring 2015 by Filament_EditorsLeave a Comment

Dear Reader, In a media landscape flooded with micro-content, we’re proud to offer a space that celebrates the enduring value of long-form creative nonfiction. Four years after its inception—and thanks to the support of the Kelly Writers House and Penn parent Judith Zarin—Filament continues to share powerful in-depth stories from …

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Two Degrees of Separation (Between Us, a City)

In Culture, Essay, Spring 2015 by Kathleen ZhouLeave a Comment

Shanghai was the city of my great-great-grandfather, my great-grandfather and my grandmother. But Shanghai was never the city of my father, and Shanghai is not mine. Still, during winter break, I learn that the freshest scallion pancakes come from the dusty stall across Longwu Road, I learn which yellow convenience …

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Wings and Waitresses

In Spring 2015 by Maya AfilaloLeave a Comment

The thing about labeling yourself is that as soon as you do, everyone thinks they’ve got you all figured out. I consider myself a feminist, but I’m wary of broadcasting that to everyone I meet because I’m afraid of being seen as a bra-burning feminazi who doesn’t shave her armpits. …

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Mythological Time: Model-Dependent Realism in Art

In Arts, Arts and Culture, Culture, Essay, Spring 2015 by Kaitlin MooreLeave a Comment

“He comes from both sorts of time. He pops up in linear time, the time that gives us death and babies and old relatives. And yet there he is in mythological time: circular time, the time where the seasons die and resurrect, and so do gods and heroes. Where the …

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‘Puking Into You’ & ‘I Tell You I Have a Face’

In Poetry, Spring 2015 by Madeleine WattenbargerLeave a Comment

PUKING INTO YOU Nothing better than certain other peoples’ bodies you be for me             you’re not as they are we’re just sickness & internet presences              pizza-wave feminism my next glitter project        lipstick, aka my birthstone Ironic tequila shots             I was the red lip tonight I want to see something     you     …

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How to Talk About Musicians Who Happen to Be Female

In Spring 2015 by Amanda SilberlingLeave a Comment

At Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theatre in October, The Kills walk on stage. Guitarist Jamie Hince adjusts his pedals and greets the crowd. As they cheer, boisterous and enthusiastic, vocalist Alison Mosshart strides to the center of the stage. The cheering intensifies. “Alison, you’re hot!” shouts a man from the crowd. “Marry …

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Valparaiso: Behind the Facade

In Spring 2015 by Madeleine WattenbargerLeave a Comment

In Valparaíso, the streets of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción throb with color. The Chilean coastal city, once the primary port for all of South America, is known for its abundant graffiti and colorful houses. On the hills, or cerros, hedging the town center, or plan, are scattered countless brightly …

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