It's been twenty years since terrorists intentionally crashed two commercial passenger airplanes into Manhattan's World Trade Center Twin Towers, crashed one passenger plane into the Pentagon, and deliberately crashed one plane in a Pennsylvania field to avoid a takeover by airline passengers.
Tristan Espinoza is an artist, programmer, and organizer who lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited internationally and in Chicago, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Medford, NY.
Looking back over 2016, I recall that one of the most special afternoons I had at Central Library was hosting a cultural exchange group from the Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.
El Nino effect: rainstorms, rising ocean levels, more storms, flooding, mudslides—how are we supposed to cope with impending disaster in the midst of all the pressing everyday demands on our lives?
Several years ago, a young man came to the reference desk with questions for the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department librarians. He asked me why books about gay men were next to the shelves with incest and sexual bondage books. He said that wasn't how he was at all.