Cover Photo: A man about to ride a hot air balloon
Shocked Quartz: Traveling with a Chronic Illness

Will the vertigo again become acute? Will the stress of this, or some root cause that spurs it, end my life before it might otherwise end?

Mar 26, 2020
Cover Photo: A close-up black-and-white photo of the shattered window of a car.
Car Crashes, Climate Change, and Mothering Through Catastrophe

I recall a 2016 headline that warned, ‘Orangutans face complete extinction within ten years.’ Nash will be thirteen in 2026.

Cover Photo: Photo collage of Lakshmi Shankar and Ella Fitzerald
Ellaji and Lakshmiji

If Lakshmiji’s voice was silk, then Ellaji’s was satin.

Mar 23, 2020
Cover Photo: A text message being typed out to spell "hore," an Indonesian word, as the autocorrect attempts to change the word to the English "horse"
Autocorrect Is Not Your Mother
Though tech assists so much of our daily communication, it’s not omniscient. Nor is it any kind of authority in our lives.
Mar 23, 2020
Cover Photo: Photograph of an embroidery panel created by the author's grandmother, featuring a young woman feeding birds, surrounded by flowering plants; the face of the young woman is taken from an old photograph of the author's grandmother
Searching for Family History in My Grandmother’s Embroidery
Together, the photograph and the needlework clearly told a story, one beyond any we knew.
Mar 17, 2020
Cover Photo: A photo of a man's hand pressing into the musculature of another man's back.
The Hands That Haunt Us: When Did Disability Become Consent?
You will remember, in fact, the first doctor who does ask, who says ‘is it okay if I put my hands here,’ gesturing, waiting for you to say ‘yes.’
Mar 17, 2020
Cover Photo: A panoramic view of the mountainous countryside of Laos: rocky crags covered in lush trees, wide open fields, and a bright sky blanketed with fluffy clouds
For My Immigrant Parents, a Vacation Is a Reprieve from Labor—for Me, It’s a Time to Work
My parents wanted to give me opportunities that they never had, to let me participate in bizarre American rites of passage.
Nov 21, 2019
Cover Photo: A close-up of a statue of a qilin, a mythical beast of Chinese origin
Where Once Were Qilin: Return to Nanjing
What did it mean that now both the villages and the qilin were gone? This portal to the ancestors gone forever.
Oct 16, 2019
Cover Photo: A passport from the United Kingdom  on a stone surface
Why Do Borders and Passports Dictate What Country I Get to Call Home?
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.
Sep 19, 2019
Cover Photo: A boy, a different boy's shadow, and a small dog atop a pile of trash in a small sea of stomach acid, looking up toward the opening and the light.
Some just want a lick of fame, prostrate at my feet with their sweaty headshots as if I am the one to save them, as if they are worth saving.
Mar 20, 2020
Cover Photo: A balloon being held up in the middle of a field
Forever Atlas with a Balloon
What does a melon dream about as it bathes in tendrils of rainwater, wishing to be invisible?
Mar 13, 2020
Cover Photo: This illustration in bright, clashing greens show a huge nose peeking over the horizon, pulling a railway track into its nostrils with a great sniff
The Smell of All Mothers
It was That Smell, that-so-familiar-one that hurt me not to remember where I’d smelled it before.
Mar 06, 2020