Places

Is Your TV Turned On? True Stories from the Cable Trenches

“People say a lot of things when they can’t watch television.”

Jan 19, 2017
The Surgical Resident Life

“Alternating ecstasy and despair characterize resident life in particular, and medical practice in general.”

Ode to Aleppo

“All people are children of Syria. We are open here.”

Jan 12, 2017
Contemplating Death at the Edge of the Continent

I do not feel that I choose the fear so much as it chooses me.

Jan 11, 2017
A Map of Lost Things: On Family, Grief, and the Meaning of Home

“A body always returns to the place that shaped it.”

Jan 09, 2017
One Life, Going Forward: Why I Quit Teaching in 2016

“Like most people in education, I wanted to make a difference.”

Jan 04, 2017
Women in the Fracklands: On Water, Land, Bodies, and Standing Rock

“Who is responsible for and to this woman, her safety, her body, her memory?”

Jan 03, 2017
D Is for the Dance of the Hours: A Portrait of Pre-Bankruptcy Detroit

My cousin’s stories of being a Detroit cop could have come straight out of an opera.

On Falling in Love with (and Leaving) New York

“I was obsessed with New York. I thought I'd found my forever home.”

Dec 20, 2016
Sign Here If You Exist

When I think about Darwin’s wasps, I can put to rest my belief in God. It’s the afterlife that is hard to give up.

Dec 15, 2016
Odd Fellows at the Rockland Palace

The Harlem Renaissance and the Great Depression intersected at the Rockland Palace.

Dec 15, 2016
Imaginary Children

“A woman without a child is defined by what she does not have.”

Dec 08, 2016
Integration Class: On Immigrating to Germany

“Welcome to Germany. Take a number. Have a seat.”

Dec 07, 2016
Leaving on a Jet Plane: On Life in Airports and Coming Home

The temporary thrill of flying around the world without consequence.

Dec 02, 2016
Memorandum to the Animals

“This time around we are in charge: making our own guest list, which does not include Every Living Thing.”

Dec 01, 2016
Two Men Kissing

“One man kisses another, they fool around, and it’s all downhill from there.”

Nov 29, 2016
Spectator: My Family, My Rapist, and Mourning Online

“I keep looking for that final update, confirmation that he is gone.”

Nov 22, 2016
An American in Brexit Britain: Reflections After the Presidential Election

“Living outside of the United States isn’t an escape.”

Nov 21, 2016
Only the Dogs Know Red Hook

A dangling bit of coastline at the bottom of Brooklyn.

Nov 15, 2016