Latino Studies Journal Review of “Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina”

I was delighted to find that my book, now out in paperback, was reviewed in the Autumn 2014 issue of the (otherwise academic) Latino Studies journal. I’d like to send a special shout-out to Ms. Kiley Guyton Acosta, PhD., for the thoughtful deconstruction of the themes in my book. Check it out, below. NOTE: And on another subject, my site was …

I Remember Yusuf Hawkins

The savage murder of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is one of those watershed moments of my youth I recall almost every time someone asks me what it was like to grow up nonwhite in New York City during the ’80s. Hawkins was only 16 when Keith Mondello rounded up a mob of bloodthirsty white boys armed with bats, golf clubs, and guns, …

Inwood at the dawn of the 1970s

A friend recently turned me on to Goodbye to Glocamorra, a short documentary film about my neighborhood in the 1970s, or more specifically, the lamenting of the arrival of “negroes” and “Puerto Ricans” into this once Irish and Irish-American enclave. It’s surreal to see Broadway back then, a few years before my parents moved into the area. My favorite part …