Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and the author of Dreaming in Chinese.

Students From Mississippi Write About Their State

"MSMS is often referred to as the most diverse square mile in the state of Mississippi, alluding to academic interests, ethnicities, belief systems, aspirations, and much more," a high school senior writes. "It's true."

Swampwise!

Dipthongs turn into monopthongs, and other adventures among the cypress knees.

Why We Never Get Over High School

Across the nation, people have different questions they ask when meeting someone new. There are hidden meanings in all of them -- including a popular one about schooling.

Swimming in Sydney

A lifelong swimming enthusiast sets up shop in Australia for several weeks and makes it a mission to swim in 10 different bodies of water in just 10 days. She's already lost count.