Columns

How Did I Get to Thirty-Five Without Really Understanding My Reproductive System?

I wanted to know more about my fertility because I thought it might help me prepare for a someday I wasn’t willing to give up on.

Mar 18, 2019
The Utopian Colony Around Tennessee’s Oldest Library

The New York Times, Harper’s Weekly and The Spectator sent stringers to cover the experiment. The writer from Harper’s was so impressed, he speculated “that the coming year would witness a grand exodus of the middle classes of England.”

Acknowledging Tragedy While Finding Love and Joy in AIDS Films

I gravitate towards AIDS stories because, behind their righteous anger and torturous despair, they lay out visions of couples and communities.

Mar 12, 2019
Every Time I Smell Fresh Ginger, I Think of My Uncle Sam

I’d never seen a Korean man cook before Sam, and I was captivated.

Mar 11, 2019
Finding Sanctuary in Cemeteries, the Forests of the Dead

Even before death takes a loved one, marking us with deep knowledge, we partake of death every day.

Mar 06, 2019
Turning Our Garden’s Bounty Into Community

Nature is never obedient. It rallies forward. This is the reality on a farm: The bounty comes all at once.

Mar 05, 2019
What Does It Mean to Be a Bad Fan on Social Media?

We foster passionate spaces that are beholden to identities in formation and reworking. So, naturally, these spaces can get tense AF.

Mar 04, 2019
Watchword: On Toni Morrison’s “The Future of Time”

Morrison understood that the future is animated and expressed through us.

Feb 28, 2019
Facing Loneliness in a Wyoming Ghost Town

The little prince asks the snake, “Where are the people? It’s a little lonely in the desert.” To which the snake responds, “It is lonely when you’re among people, too.”

My Hijab Looks Great with My Cowgirl Boots

We left Syria at five a.m. on the morning after my ninth-grade exit exam.

Feb 27, 2019
An Icon of the American Wilderness is Alive in the Bronx

On the surprising research underway in Van Cortlandt Park and the American Museum of Natural History.

Feb 20, 2019
What It Means to Live in Houston

In a city made up of many cities, spread out, like tiny countries, ascribing their influence is a lot like trekking through a tiny country of your own.

Feb 20, 2019
Thinking About My Future and My Fertility at Thirty-Six (and Eight Months)

The desire to be a mother is now something that lingers inside of me, an omnipresent hunger.

Feb 19, 2019
When You’re the Last Remaining Member of a Failed Utopia

How do individuals hold on to their ideals in such a time?

When Popular Films Misrepresent My Country, They Misrepresent Me

When people tell me “I don’t look Colombian,” I’m reminded of how pop culture gets my home country of Colombia wrong—where we are, who we are, and what we can look like.

Feb 12, 2019
My Son and I Don’t Do Well with Chaos—and That’s Okay

We hate surprises. What we need is to be able to set our expectations properly.

Feb 12, 2019
Your Hipster Kimchi Could Never

A column about why I love kimchi (hint: it’s not the beneficial probiotic cultures).

Feb 11, 2019
How Trees Complicate Our Understanding of Gender

A few years ago, the UK’s oldest tree, a Yew that had spent thousands of years in the appearance of maleness, began to grow female berries.

Feb 06, 2019
Giving Myself to My Garden and Keeping Enough for Me

The thing my mom told me to do—“Save twenty percent for yourself. Never give one hundred percent to anyone.”—was not selfish after all. Not when thinking about my own survival.

Feb 05, 2019
Skin Hunger and the Taboo of Wanting to be Touched

How can I say that I fear I’ll never date again without feeding the monster? No one owes me their touch; I am starving for it just the same.

Feb 05, 2019