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FLAN DESPARRAMADO

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A battered woman makes a crucial deal with Dominican Jesus: if she could escape her abuser in order to spend time with her dying mother, she would learn to make flan.

From Tasteful Rude
On September 29, 2022
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LADY MONDEGREEN’S JUNGLE

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In 1954 Sylvia Wright, an editor at Harper’s Magazine, wrote a piece for the magazine in which she recalls her childhood. Her mother would read the Scottish ballad “The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray” to her. Here is how young Wright heard the opening lyric:

From Tasteful Rude
On September 27, 2022
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MELODRAMA-RAMA: ABSORBING DELIGHT

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The Telugu film RRR is an incredible mixture of genres, influences, and ideas: a historical epic with obvious ahistorical qualities, a combat-heavy actioner with exuberant song-and-dance numbers, a homosocial friendship drama with recognizably romantic montages. Strong notes of melodrama accent its potent blend.

From Tasteful Rude
On September 20, 2022
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COMPANY

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I faked all of my book reports as a kid – I hated reading. I got good grades in my ESL classes only because of some natural ability with words. At least that’s what teachers said. Gifted. My ease with diction and syntax had less to do with natural ability and more to do with my growing ability to adapt. I was surviving.

From Tasteful Rude
On July 15, 2022
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THE DOCTOR’S TONGUE

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Myriam Gurba maps her sexual miseducation in California schools, homes, and medical offices.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 30, 2022
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“TACOS”

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Long Beach writer Brian Addison's ode to the culinary hot mess known as the Jack in the Box "taco"

From Tasteful Rude
On June 24, 2022
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CRUSTACEANS

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Gris Muñoz writes a gentle, haunting story about love, lobster, and abusive men who flaunt their power.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 16, 2022
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JONATHAN COME LATELY—AN INTRODUCTION

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Jonathan Russell Clark debuts a monthly column for Tasteful Rude detailing the choicest selections from his book-obsessed life.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 16, 2022
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OPACITY

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Alejandro Herredia debuts his new Tasteful Rude column with a meditation on the word opacity.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 13, 2022
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MELODRAMA-RAMA: LOCAL FEELINGS

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A few weekends ago I drove to the teeny beach town of Oceano. I had received a tip that, somewhere on California’s Central Coast, someone was performing live melodramas.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 8, 2022
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I MISS CHEESE: A VEGAN COMPLAINT

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Comedian, actor, and story-teller Sammie James writes about her eternal hope for, and constant, crushing disappointment over vegan cheese.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 3, 2022
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LECTURERS’ STRIKE IN NIGERIA GROUNDS STUDENTS, LECTURERS, AND PARENTS

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The university store where Bimpe Alabi sells snacks and drinks at the park is usually crawling with customers. Since University of Ilorin's lecturers have gone on strike, this has changed. Alabi stands outside, inviting passersby. Her profits have shrunk, pushing her family into hardship.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 27, 2022
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Cafecito

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I think of my abuelita's stories. These tales often began with a declaration that she’d been born four months after the Titanic set sail. With a laugh, she’d swirl her ever present cup of coffee and add that the ship sank five days later. Meanwhile, she persevered. She said that it was coffee that kept her going.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 24, 2022
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