Cover Photo: Etty Hillesum
Get Down to Work or God Help You: Reading Etty Hillesum

When Etty wrote to herself, I heard her speaking to me, and I took her words to heart.

May 22, 2018
Cover Photo: Strata Suomi via Flickr
A Living Time Capsule Shows That to Be Human is to Be Wild

Most time capsules are enclosed underground, but this one faces the world.

May 21, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Ben Smith/flickr
Where the Magic Is

Maggie and I had done plenty of kinky things over the years, but we’d stayed away from eating rare magical animals.

May 18, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Marcus Rocha/flickr
When You Have to Quit Your Dream Job to Pursue Your Dream

After I left, everything became clearer, in the way that a breakup can clarify a toxic relationship; put things in sharp relief.

May 17, 2018
Cover Photo: Rafael Edwards / flickr
Stay Wild, or How to Keep Your Hand

To call these acts wild, to see them as separate parts of consciousness, is to be a tourist in your own city.

May 17, 2018
Cover Photo: budak via Flickr
How the Bobbit Worm Helps Me Name My Sexual Assault
He attempted to have sex with me, and I managed to stop him by saying I had a tampon in, my period blood a greater deterrence than my protest.
May 16, 2018
Cover Photo: L. Prang & Co., 1861-1897, Boston Public Library via Flickr
My Father’s Final Gift to Us? He Planned a Natural Burial
His bluegrass band at the gravesite? Check. No embalming? Check.
May 15, 2018
Cover Photo: "Portals" by Njideka Akunyili Crosby/JR P/flickr
When It Hurts So Bad: On Fighting a Depressive Episode
“I feel like I’m hyperventilating. I can’t stop crying and I can’t breathe. I’m afraid I’m going to drown on dry land.”
May 14, 2018
Cover Photo: Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in ‘Moulin Rouge!’ (2001)
The Rose Quartz Ceiling: When It Comes to Love, Men Are Praised for What Women Are Simply Expected to Give
When love and femininity are intertwined, only some of us are expected to do the job of loving.
May 16, 2018
Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author
“Parrot Isn’t Hungry”: On Family, Food, Fasting, and Ramadan
This Eid will not be Eid until I’ve spent time crying and laughing, describing the aromas of foods that are not here.
May 15, 2018
Cover Photo: Mary McCarthy’s “The Group”: Three Queer Readings by Callum Angus
Mary McCarthy’s “The Group”: Three Queer Readings
“I think of McCarthy and ‘The Group,’ giving me language to understand myself before I even knew that’s what I needed.”
May 10, 2018
Cover Photo: Harriet Lee-Merrion
Take Pills and Wait for Hips
Some people have thought during your transition that you’re a knockoff, an off-brand woman.
May 11, 2018
Cover Photo: J. Longo
Residents of the Air
Those poor people, they thought. What’s wrong with them that their houses don’t rise, too?
May 04, 2018
Cover Photo: 白士 李 via Flickr
Curse of the Last Illiterate
We didn’t know how to read the words. It started with ‘inchoate’ and ‘grotesque,’ and spread to ‘brain’ and ‘rain’ and ‘love.’
Apr 27, 2018