The Danger of Being Nice

By Sossity Chiricuzio, PQ Monthly

A word can be a weapon, a cage, a map. It can be an embrace, or a beating. It can move us forward, or reverse progress.

I remember the Newsweek “Lesbians” cover in 1993. “Coming out strong” …

Scenes from Half a Race Riot

By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

1) In the Japanese American Historical Plaza of Waterfront Park, a boy of perhaps twelve leans against a sculpture, his knee bent to rest his foot casually behind him. He wears a black hoodie, a white …

Aaron Swartz: Patron Saint of Freedom to Connect


By TJ Acena, PQ Monthly

Last year on Jan. 11, a 26-year-old man named Aaron Swartz committed suicide. Swartz is most famous for cofounding Reddit, but he also helped create RSS (Really Simple Syndication, which is how almost every online news site …