napszállta

My favorite Hungarian word is napszállta. Nap-sal-ta, it's pronounced. The day my grandfather died, my dad drove me back to my apartment in Budapest from Izsák. I had been helping him make funeral arrangements. As we drove, the sun began to set. "Napszállta. That means sunset, right?" I asked him. Yes, he told me. "So …

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“objects have lives. they are witness to things.”

There's an episode of This American Life that I've listened to three times now. It originally aired in 2001, but the first time I heard it was as I was driving to meet friends for dinner, probably in 2012. I was so engrossed by the story that I sat in my car in the restaurant's …

rambling from my journal in hungary: les jours tristes/szomorú nap/smutne dni

Art museums are some of my favorite places. I like staring at pieces of art that tell a story about a certain time and place in history, and I like filling in the blanks with my own ideas. In Kansas City, I'm always within twenty minutes of  the Nelson-Atkins. That museum's gallery of American paintings is something …

scribbles//shame

Just returned from the NICAR Conference in Atlanta (or the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, for those of you who have normal lives and aren't data nerds). It was wonderful. I learned more in a weekend than I could in a month. I got to meet (and drink with!) some incredible journalists. New friendships abounded, old …