Creative Nonfiction

Latinx Heritage Month

MELISSA LUJAN MESKU is an engineer and the creator of the recursive literary project ➰➰➰. Her writing has appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Guernica, National Geographic, and Math Magazine.


I work at a start-up. In the kitchen there is a flat-screen TV displaying inspirational quotes. Last week it featured a mix of quotes attributed to Henry Ford and Mark Zuckerberg.

Ford: If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Zuckerberg: Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.

Zuck, trust me: I’d love to break everything in this place.


Today, the flat-screen TV is different. Instead of inspirational quotes, now it’s a slideshow of my coworkers’ smiling faces,

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