Cover Photo: This photograph shows two female roller derby skaters racing around the track. The woman in front wears red and the woman trying to catch her wears blue, including blue spotted face paint. The background is blurred, but in the front left we see a referee
Photograph by Olivier Vax/Flickr

Excerpt: “On Being ‘Sick in the Head’”

This essay excerpt was written by Haley Hamilton in Chloe Caldwell’s 12-Month Essay Collection Generator

it means we’re alive. The following excerpt is from an essay in the collection that explores the relationship between tragedy and comedy.

the joke or the crowdjust isn’t that good.



Haley Hamilton is a Boston-based writer, bartender, and former roller derby skater. Her writing can be found in multiple publications, including Catapult, MELMagazine, EATER, Greatist, Bustle, and Boston’s alt-weekly, DigBoston, where her column, "Terms of Service," won a 2018 AAN Award for Best Food Writing. You can find her on Twitter @saucylit and on Instagram @drinkwriteboston