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  • First Laugh: Essays 2000-2009

    , by Margaret Randall

    Pumping Gas
    Again I am somewhere else. Or everywhere at once. But as always, every word has its color. Sometimes, when I lose one now, the color rises behind my eyes but the word still plays hide and seek. Taunts me from the sidelines. Or a vast rainbow looms, and I must find my way through (...)

  • Their Backs to the Sea

    , by Margaret Randall

    Easter Island, Rapa Nui, or simply the land your ancestors felt no need to name, place that receives me now eager and awkward: my eyes hauling picture-book images, mouth filled with questions juggling answers as I breathe. I will think of you as an island without color on a map, your first (...)

  • To Change the World: My Years in Cuba

    , by Margaret Randall

    Excerpt from Prologue
    Fidel Castro came to New York City in the summer of 1960, fresh from his guerrilla triumph. I was a young writer and soon-to-be single mother, enormously pregnant with Gregory—my son who, forty-six years later, would suggest we write about Cuba together—but I longed to see (...)