Cover Photo: An image of someone standing on the sink looking at their reflection of their body in the mirror.
Mirror Stage

We remember how hard it has always been to see our body.

Cover Photo: In this illustration, we see an outline of a woman sitting in a wheel chair. Her hand is lifted to her forehead, as if she is looking far off in the distance. Her shadow stretches beneath her. The background is an organic-looking pattern in browns, pinks, whites, and off-whites.
In the Shadow of Saris: Exploring Identity Through Memory and Dislocation

It was only after I left a home where there were many women who might have helped me—not only with dressing in a sari but also with figuring out how to do it on my own—did I realize that the sari represented more than a cultural announcement.

Jan 26, 2021
Cover Photo: photograph of a gold-framed photograph of the author as a child, with his mother, on a shelf also containing a clock and a wooden jewelry box with a vase and framed art behind
My Mother Lives Here Because I Live Here

It was the middle of a pandemic. Mom had just died of cancer. Why leave my home of four and a half years?

Jan 20, 2021
Cover Photo: An image from the film adaptation of The Hunger Games books: the protagonist Katniss standing among fires and rubble, looking distressed
On Worldbuilding and the Question of Resistance
In fiction, you can feel good about resistance without actually resisting anything.
Jan 19, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of a type writer and hands typing as hot pink flames are ablaze in the background
When There Is No Right Way to Heal
The details of those poems may be his first inkling that I know what he did.
Nov 12, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a woman reading half of her face in a shadow as the light shines in through the window
Finding an “I” in Indian Literature
It turns out all I want to find in literature, whether I write or read it, is a little piece of myself.
Sep 17, 2020
Cover Photo: the cast of the show 'Freaks and Geeks' in front of a row of orange lockers
Rewatching ‘Freaks and Geeks’ in a Polarized America
For all the pain, there is also beauty in the margins those outside of them may never understand.
Jan 19, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of the farm simulator video game Stardew Valley; a farmer is picking melons from their farm, surrounded by trees, animals, and produce
How to Live Under Capitalism, According to ‘Stardew Valley’
‘Stardew Valley’ doesn’t challenge capitalism by trying to escape from it, but by teaching a lesson on generosity.
Jan 14, 2021
Cover Photo: Illustration by Cori Lin for Catapult
The Three Corpses
From the beginning, I knew that terror is a god. But now, I also believe that what might sound like a death rattle is merely the echo of ancestral song.
Jan 13, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration in dark blues, black, and yellow. A ballerina is shown onstage, progressing through a spin. The glitter on her black leotard looks like stars against the background.
Rolling Blackouts
Social Security sends us checks every month to say sorry about our mom. A thousand sorries for me and a thousand sorries for Vivian, and we accept them all.
Jan 15, 2021
Cover Photo: illustration of a farmers market, with brightly colored tents in a line stretching into the distance; in the nearest tent, under a pink canvas, a woman in a blue shirt is selling microgreens to another woman in a black sunhat and long dress
Up and Out and Gone
They used to launch shuttles from the town, but that was all over now. Space had become derivative and unimportant and old.
Jan 08, 2021
Cover Photo: In this photograph, we see blue sky and white cottony clouds reflecting off a tall, glassy office building. The imagine is divided into a checkerboard because of the window frames.
Support Group
The blisters came two summers ago, after college. The biopsy came back inconclusive, so every month I go back to the office for a check-up.
Jan 08, 2021