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Tics of the Saints: On Conversion Disorder, Mental Illness, and Searching for a Voice

On the gendered aspect of conversion disorder, how it might have historically manifest in nuns and mystics, and the strange comfort of being diagnosed.

Jan 23, 2018
Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author
大事 (Daiji): On Living Between Two Cultures and Learning What Is Most Important

To me, ‘daiji’ embodies the struggle to prioritize two languages, homes, and selves.

Jan 22, 2018
Cover Photo: image via wiliantosta/pixabay
The Cactus Mother: Nine Plants, Zero Kids

I used to tell people I needed to write a novel before I could consider offspring. I have written one novel. I am considering purchasing a fern.

Cover Photo: RJ Eldridge
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

“You listen when she looks at you this way, to her eyes if not to her words.”

Jan 19, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Scarred

Even when I think I am at peace, when I think I have healed, I find myself still thinking of my scar.

Jan 18, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
The Perils of Raising a Black Feminist Girl

I promised myself I would not threaten, shame, or scare my daughter into compliance. I kept that promise.

Jan 18, 2018
Cover Photo: Mao de Paris, via Flickr
How an Octopus Helps Me Think About My Mother's Eating Disorder
On “the animal kingdom’s bravest and most vigilant mother.”
Jan 17, 2018
Cover Photo: The National Archives UK
Two Encounters with Poison: Becoming a Doctor in Nigeria
“A smell of burning flesh fills the theatre. I was expecting the smell of blood—its rich, metallic, almost bitter-tasting organic scent.”
Jan 11, 2018
Cover Photo: Liana Finck
The Distance Test: A Comic by Liana Finck
“You have to go away first.” “Like this?” “No. Farther.”
Jan 11, 2018
Cover Photo: Jakub Kapusnak via Unsplash
If Famous Authors Described My Daily Meals
The lady inhales the entirety of the burrito. How is she to expect the courtship of a gentleman with such brash and unrefined manners?
Jan 17, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Alina Miroshnichenko/unsplash
The Beauty Myth: What Keeps Us From Seeing Ourselves Clearly?
“What I look like” is not a static picture cut out and placed in different environments, but one that changes again and again.
Jan 16, 2018
Cover Photo: image via Marta Shmatava/wikimedia
Point the Finger: Listening to Women and Seeking Justice in the Violent World of Fairy Tales
We’ve all had to reckon with the burden of untold stories. Every woman has one, and every woman carries around with her the stories of others.
Jan 10, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
A Working Man And A Working Fool
It’s hot as balls, and we’re pickin’ weeds like some dumb shits gettin’ out last night’s dinner from our front teeth.
Jan 12, 2018
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Onward to the Memory Room
“Five kids, and not one made room for Mom. Oh, well. Thems the breaks.”
Dec 22, 2017
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
A Story About Lydia Davis
“Her stories are brief and there’s a trick to them: terror.”
Dec 15, 2017