Excerpts

From Issue 16: "Both Sides," by Nadia Shahbaz

Within a family, there is often a single chosen faith. I grew up believing in the utility of two religions—Islam and Catholicism—and was told that they can each be half-believed, half-assumed.

It was a logic I could easily ingest because it’s the logic of my identity. I’m half-Afghan, half-Italian—and American. Half-inserted, half-outside of two dense, sagging bubbles, floating in an open sky.