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Rachel Levit-Ruiz

Rachel Levit-Ruiz is a Mexican artist and illustrator based in Mexico City. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times.

Illustrator

Illustration by Rachel Levit-Ruiz

All That She Was

Spring 2022 | Essays

A genius of the South. An embarrassment to the race. Singular American author; craven literary con artist. She was a loving champion of Black vernacular; she was a mundane writer of facile prose. A misunderstood cultural icon; a perfect darkie. Survivor. Victim. Trickster, liar. These are the various lenses through which generations of critics, fans, scholars, and detractors have assessed the life of Zora Neale Hurston.

Hunger Games

Spring 2022 | Essays

Near the end of the hellish first year of the coronavirus pandemic, I was possessed by the desire to eliminate sugar—all refined sugar—from my diet. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best time to add a new challenge to the mix of mayhem that already seemed to rule my life.