Angela Chen

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Angela Chen (@chengela) is a science journalist and writer. Her reporting and essays have also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic,  Paris Review, Aeon Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian,  Hazlitt, Electric Literature, and more. She is the author of Ace, on asexuality, from Beacon Press.

Stories

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Writing a Book About Asexuality Taught Me to Look for a Fate Beyond Numbers

I learned to reevaluate the meaning of ‘normal’ in relationships, and also my habit of reflexively turning to data.

Sep 15, 2020
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How I Learned to Tell Signal from Noise and Appreciate Calm

It can be easy to confuse real emotion with the shiny drama enfolding it. Sometimes grand gestures are signs of grand feeling—sometimes they’re not.

Nov 19, 2018
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On Being Young, Scrappy, and (Sometimes) Satisfied

Remain forever hungry, or enjoy the tried-and-true? Sometimes, I learned, it’s okay to double down on the life you have.

Aug 13, 2018
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How We Create Personal Myths, and Why They Matter

My parental separation was vastly less traumatic than what is happening to children at the border. But this narrative lives inside me.

Jul 18, 2018
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How I Learned to Reconcile the Distance Between Experience and Memory

As my mother loses the ability to remember, I find myself playing with my own memory.

Jun 12, 2018
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The Downside of Radical Honesty

The problem with radical honesty is that we are not transparent to ourselves—we are always biased, and so is the feedback we provide.

Mar 07, 2018
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Is Your Streak About to End? The False Belief That Can Drive Both Gambling and Anxiety

Many of us subconsciously believe there is only so much good allotted to us—so, when something good happens, watch out.

Feb 14, 2018
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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
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No Best Friend, But Better Off

Friendship is not about going down a list with some people always first, others second and third. Every friendship is unique.

Dec 12, 2017
Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Can Desire or Love Be Predicted?

Data versus the real world: what compatibility algorithms can’t tell you.

Nov 15, 2017