Cover Photo: Two human mannequins modeling clothes in a shop window covered with stickers advertising a sale and price discounts
My Grandmother Tried to Dress Me for a Life I Couldn’t Afford

Gramsie wasn’t being a snob. Or, she wasn’t just being a snob. She was trying to school me.

Sep 17, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Celia Jacobs for Catapult
Why We Shouldn’t Call Adoptees “Lucky”

If all adoptees felt not only safe, but empowered in their families and their communities, I would feel better—but not lucky.

Sep 17, 2019
Cover Photo: Scene from "Pretty Little Liars," Freeform
What an Over-the-Top, Teen Cable Drama Taught Me About My Sexuality

I didn’t know—or think I knew—any visibly queer women, and watching these fictional women half-existing seemed both comforting and lonely.

Sep 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
My Harabeoji Taught Me It’s Always Better to Add More Garlic
Harabeoji’s favorite thing to eat, and the thing to which he attributed his long life, was raw garlic.
Sep 03, 2019
Cover Photo: a vintage illustration of a young woman next to a fawn, a scene from the fairy tale "Brother and Sister"
On Fairy Tales and the Ghostliness of Early Motherhood
What saves these lost mothers is different in every fairy tale; often they’re brought back simply by virtue of being recognized. For me, coming back to life took time.
Sep 03, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Maki/Flickr
Learning to Cook in Japan, I Fed My Family and My Sense of Self
The bento lunches the hoikuen expected mothers to produce were an exercise in artistry. But I didn’t care about making the perfect bento.
Aug 29, 2019
Cover Photo: Dress by Mr. Larkin
Why Your Grandma’s Housecoat is the Perfect Work-From-Home Outfit
We fall prey to letting writing become a passion, cooking a hobby, teaching a service. We must rethink how we value labor.
Cover Photo: Photograph by Pawel Szvmanski/Unsplash
Wearing Wigs Gave Me Freedom From the Shame of Mental Illness
And then there were the wigs: exercises in risk-taking, rejections of my boring and shame-consumed past self.
Sep 05, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Joshua Smelser/Flickr
In Defense of the Low Bar: An Ode to Everclear
Kurt Cobain would not approve, but privately I wondered if there wasn’t space for a beloved burnished thing in my new and improved pop pantheon.
Aug 29, 2019