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The Unsung Queerness of Green Day Lyrics

Green Day’s album ‘Dookie’ is a quintessential teen-angst record. It’s also very queer—something music critics failed to talk about.

Dec 07, 2021
ADHD Made Me Bad at Friendship

Undiagnosed ADHD didn’t make me seek out bad friends, but it did distort the ways I saw myself and how I thought friendships should feel.

Dec 01, 2021
‘Ammonite’ Isn’t a Lesbian Romance, But It Is About Intimacy

This movie is not a romance. I’ve watched it over and over again, wanting it to be, but I don’t think it is one—at least in a conventional sense.

Dec 01, 2021
Disability Status Shouldn’t Have a Hierarchy

While someone’s disability may not be evident to you, it still affects their life—and how they’re treated within and outside the disability community.

Nov 30, 2021
Waiting for Godot as an Impatient Schoolgirl

This was a time in my life when I believed fervently in a loving God, when I wanted to be obedient, and obedience meant waiting.

Why Don’t American Schools Value Creativity?

High school almost crushed my dream of being a writer. Now, as an educator, I’m trying to be the teacher I never had.

To Every Woman Who Spent Her Twenties Apologizing

I squeezed myself in around other people’s priorities and problems, all the while saying: Take up all the room you want. I will make myself fit.

Home Is Where the Strip Malls Are

Our relationships with these business owners dotted the San Fernando Valley from strip mall to strip mall.

Nov 17, 2021
I Donated My Stuttering Brain to Science

As much as I hated being told that my stutter was “all in my head,” I liked being reminded that it was localized in my brain.

Nov 17, 2021
Making the Language of Wine More Inclusive

Often, the vocabulary of wine is only accessible to people who have the time and money to learn it.

Nov 16, 2021
‘Inception’ Gave Me a Way to Dream

Again and again, I’ve lost myself to movie time. I’ve lost myself to dream time, too.

My Mom, Princess Diana, and Me

At what point does someone we’ve lost become only a story we tell, more myth than memory?

Nov 08, 2021
Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Unraveling the Myth of the Black Supermom

Nora and Iris West-Allen's fraught relationship proves that even we daughters often expect superheroics from our very human Black mothers.

The Script Characters with Cancer Are Told to Follow

Nora Feely on unrealistic storylines and tropes of characters with cancer, what it means to "survive," gratitude and toxic positivity, and more.

Oct 25, 2021
I Didn’t Want to Miss Baby Night

Children appear in horror all the time because to parent one is naturally terrifying.

Oct 25, 2021
What a Seashell Souvenir Tells Me About Loss

Selfishly, as a writer, I’m also worried about the seasons to come.

Oct 21, 2021
In Taiwan, Running Led Me to My Community—and to Myself

A place doesn’t begin to feel like a home until it contains people you care for.

Oct 20, 2021
Between Parent and Child: A Recipe for Kodomo-Don

I call it 子供丼 (kodomo-don), because it is only egg over rice. Something about it is simple, one rank lower in maturity than an adult dish.

Oct 19, 2021
Getting Diagnosed with ADHD Changed Everything and Nothing

The doctor said she knew in the first five minutes. In eighteen years of schooling and thirty-nine years on the planet, no one else had ever noticed.

Oct 07, 2021
Did I Want Tony Stark Or Want to Be Him?

‘Iron Man’ is far from the origin story of my sexuality, but it’s an inescapable part of the multiverse that is my queerness.