Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:32am

The loud music, dim lighting and cheap liquor blurred my surroundings in Rick’s American Cafe, an underground hideaway for most seniors at the University of Michigan. It was the beginning of another interminable Thursday night. It took me a few seconds to notice that a man had slid into the sticky upholstered seating next to me. He was inches away from my bare arm and lightly bumped into me, giving himself away. 

“Sorry,” I said, moving a bit closer to my friend, “My bad.” Instead of backing away, he leaned in closer: a stranger with dark features. 

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 11:57am

In 2010, while sitting at a table in a no-longer-existing diner, I used the iPhone application Lose it! for the first time. I was eleven years old.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 4:40pm
Eli Rallo

My eldest cousin just passed his second level sommelier test. A sommelier is a trained wine professional who generally works in a fine restaurant with an expertise on food and wine pairing along with wine selection. He’s the first of the six cousins to become a sommelier — my father and my uncle have both been sommeliers since their mid twenties. 

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 1:50pm

Christmas time is nostalgic for me. It always has been a time of reflection and celebration — a blissfully festive dichotomy in the midst of joyous December.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 2:02pm

We were just making art, we were coming together to stretch our minds and ourselves. And it was beautiful.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 10:58am
Author André Aciman discusses his new book "Find Me" in Rackham Auditorium Saturday.

“I don’t use the word ‘love’ at all in my writing. It does not appear once in ‘Call Me by Your Name,’” he said.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 4:07pm
Joe's Pizza

A good pizza eater knows well the difference between a pizza that’s supposed to be purchased and consumed as a whole pie and a pizza that’s meant to be purchased and consumed as an individual slice –– on a white paper plate, grease seeping from crust to palms.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:29am

I watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix for all of three minutes before shutting it off. The self-awareness crept like heat onto my neck — I knew I’d never be that tidy. I’d never be “minimal.” 

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:28pm

Hailing from the East Coast and the diner capital of the United States (New Jersey) I was a little caught off guard when I arrived at the University and all of the in-state kids kept talking about “Coney Island.” I imagined the residential Brooklyn neighborhood, which is swarmed by tourists and dotted with crowded beaches, a ferris wheel and greasy boardwalk concessions. It wasn’t too special. Eventually, though, I realized that the Coney Island I was familiar with wasn’t the same Coney Island new friends and classmates spoke of with such affection.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:14pm
Eli Rallo

Pursell’s prose writing is extremely visceral and poetic — it builds worlds around you as you read. As a young person, she won awards for her poetry and in her adult writing career, she’s honed her poetic expertise in her prose.