Culture

Tamales Are For Eating, Not Walking

by | December 1, 2022

Of all the sounds you can wake up to in Mexico City, my favorite by far is the distant shout of the local vendor slowly approaching your street, yelling “tamales.” My partner was usually up before me and would let me know the vendor was getting close as he handed me my hot cup of […]

Three Fillo's Walking Tamales pouches

Of Tacos y Heartbreak

by | November 10, 2022

Isabel Quintero and her ex-husband find the perfect tacos to eat at the end of their marriage.

street tacos

No Princesses: Reflections on the Passing of Sacheen Littlefeather

by | October 24, 2022

Critic Myriam Gurba reflects on the passing of Sacheen Littlefeather and her attempted takedown by a notorious “pretendian” researcher.

sacheen littlefeather against an indigenous Mexican tapestry

Noncompliant Heart

by | October 18, 2022

Writer Wendy C. Ortiz traces the development of her rebellious spirit and schools us in fascism’s ties to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ronald Reagan

Learning to Throw Axes

by | October 7, 2022

Horrified by the overturning of Roe v Wade, a Latina consoles herself with a re-imagining of Medusa and axes.

illustration of medusa's head

Tenderness

by | September 29, 2022

Tenderness teaches us that if we consider softness with enough rigor, if we consider ourselves with enough softness, a wound is a portal, not an end. 

illustration of a man touching his heart

The Doctor’s Tongue

by | June 30, 2022

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

woman at gynecology office

Jonathan Come Lately—An Introduction

by | June 14, 2022

Jonathan Russell Clark debuts a monthly column for Tasteful Rude detailing the choicest selections from his book-obsessed life. His current apartment resembles a used bookstore almost more than it does an ordinary living space, and he plans to write about whatever he finds on those shelves that tickles his fancy.

books in a used book store

Opacity

by | June 10, 2022

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

african american woman on social media

Lecturers’ Strike in Nigeria Grounds Students, Lecturers, and Parents

by | May 26, 2022

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.

empty seats at a Nigerian university

Cafecito

by | May 24, 2022

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.

Black woman drinking coffee

Pie Person

by | May 3, 2022

To our delight, Grandma Clara's pie blended fresh eggs, fresh lemons from her tree, C&H sugar, real butter, and a lard crust. Endowed with otherworldly powers, she whipped up fluffy meringue with mere egg beaters. The toasted meringue resembled the melting snowpack of the Sierra Nevadas, defiant seams of brown in foamy white.

apple pie

Extra-metatextuality: A Review of Chuck Klosterman’s The Nineties: A Book

by | April 5, 2022

In his book "The Nineties", Chuck Klosterman is not interested in what’s conventionally understood or easily graspable but in the layers that either exist deep underneath or hover loftily. It’s what makes his essays and books so fun—it allows us to reconsider accepted wisdom.

the nineties book cover

Everyday Slaughter

by | March 22, 2022

My mother knew I loved rearing livestock, chickens especially. When I was young, she bought a goat for me. Three days after we brought it home, the animal died. "Your nature might not align with the goat," she said. "Does that mean I can't rear any livestock?" Sadness encroached. "Don't worry. Let's try a hen."

Hens and a rooster on a wooden window balk

A Suburban Caretaker’s Diary Entry

by | January 13, 2022

With wit, and a dash of horror, a Black caregiver in the Bay Area suburbs reflects on the surreality of elder care during a pandemic.

suburban tract home in Palo Alto