Maximilian Chen

Max is enthralled by the transformative power of the arts, literature, and sports in fostering strong connections within tightly-knit communities and local business enterprises. He is an avid teacher of academics and music, and has a vested interest in the workings of small businesses. Max hopes that his time in Senegal will act as a new and exciting vessel for fresh cultural and life experiences.



This, the second of three blog posts about the author’s trip to Touba, details the events of a typical day in Touba during the Grand Magal and recounts a venture into the interior of Touba. I have been in the Senegalese holy city of Touba…

11 April, 2014


The following is the first in a series of three blog posts about the author’s trip to Touba for the Grand Magal. 18:00, 19 December There is a threshold at which long hours of anticipation for an event to occur inevitably transform into long hours…

11 April, 2014


An unfortunate burden that I’ve had to shoulder for most of my life has been my troubled history as a juvenile con artist. In my earlier years, I recall exhibiting a predilection for faking advanced literary capability. As do most delinquents, I started small. Scores upon scores of…

06 January, 2014


The following was written at 2:32 AM on October 6th, 2013. This is what Senegal’s capital city of Dakar looks like at first glance, to a first-time observer. In a purely logistic sense, Dakar is the product of two rather arbitrary factors. Factor One is what seems to be…

18 October, 2013

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