Tidbits from Tanzania

By Jonathon Van Maren My first update was posted here. Second update, this time from Tanzania… **** Certain cultural standards can be confusing at times. For example, Charmaine informed me that we could not hold hands in public, as that would be seen as inappropriate. However, male friends can hold hands in public at any…

With ghosts in Rwanda

By Jonathon Van Maren So it turns out that if you remain utterly comatose for an entire nine-hour flight, the stewardess may get worried. She obviously had not heard that travel clinics now dispense sleeping pills to “help deal with jetlag,” so I gulped one down during takeoff from Amsterdam, wondered briefly if it would…

The MILO Temptation

By Jonathon Van Maren When we pulled up to Conrad Hall at Michigan State University for the—and you’ll have to excuse the language—Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous F****t Tour,” there was already a massive pileup of angry people up against the double glass doors, their hoarse screams indicating that they’d been there for awhile even though we…

A Basket of Ignorables

By Jonathon Van Maren It’s been twenty-two days since Donald Trump was elected the president of the United States, and it appears that the progressive meltdown may have some real staying power. The media is doubling and tripling down on their discussions of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and a host of other hatreds apparently afflicting…