Cover Photo: Illustration by Meryl Rowin for Catapult
The Encroachment of Waking Life

The man in the fur hat warned me things might be different after we crossed the time barrier—that my presence might confound, even frighten those who’d forgotten me.

Apr 19, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Gabrielle Henderson/Unsplash
How I (Finally) Decided to Freeze My Eggs

Sometimes I joke that I’m already primed for motherhood because I’m already well-versed in guilt, blaming myself for things over which I have little control.

Apr 18, 2019
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Living with Climate Change in the Forests of Our Burning World

How do I raise a child to love a world that may be dying, to live with compassion in the midst of what could very well be despair?

Apr 18, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Meryl Rowin for Catapult
Less Than 1% of Military Divers are Women—I Was One of Them
Contrary to its reputation as an extreme sport, freediving has meditative aspects.
Apr 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Meryl Rowin for Catapult
A History of Premature Births, Including My Own
Dr. Couney settled in the United States in 1903, when he began exhibiting incubator babies on Coney Island every summer. “Infant Incubators With Living Babies,” the sign above the building read.
Apr 03, 2019
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To See or Not to See
I just wanted to believe my eyes were magic, that only I could see things that existed below the surface.
Cover Photo: Photograph by Massimiliano Latella/Unsplash
Learning How to Be Gentle in the Face of Trauma—Others’ and My Own
Bees do not attack—just as trauma survivors do not attack, but rather defend. She will not sting you unless she believes the colony’s life depends on her defense. Because when she stings you, she dies.
Apr 09, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult/Paramount Pictures
Posing for a Nude Portrait Taught Me to Separate Desire From Intimacy
When Jack drew Rose like one of his French girls, he didn’t just sketch her; he saw her. It’s a level of intimacy that doesn’t need desire—but that doesn’t make it any less erotic.
Apr 02, 2019
Cover Photo: Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
Remembering Matthew Shepard’s Legacy in His Own Backyard
In this small town of Laramie, what you say matters. It gets around. The only way to combat the misinformation is to keep telling the truth.
Mar 27, 2019
Cover Photo: Book cover design by Nicole Caputo
“As soon as you agree to soup.”: Excerpts from Erin McGraw’s ‘Joy’
“We need more soft bedding; everything now is hopelessly stained. We need better antiemetics. We need a miracle, and somebody to say so. It’s not going to be him.”
Apr 12, 2019
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Con Suerte He Will Sleep Another Hour
Her mother had never curved a cool hand around Marilinda’s cheek and promised, Mijita, your life will be swollen with love.
Apr 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Meryl Rowin for Catapult
The Cost of Dehaunting
“I don’t believe in ghosts, but you have a reputation for helping troubled properties.”
Apr 05, 2019