Culture

Seeking Culinary Guidance from God, My Mom, and Kelly Ripa

My first unkosher months weren’t especially guilt-ridden; if anything, it was the closest I had felt to coming of age.

Aug 30, 2021
Tiny Stitches for Big Feelings

It’s difficult to enter an anxiety spiral while cross-stitching. Believe me, I’ve tried.

Aug 24, 2021
Prison Visitation Isn’t Like the Movies

When my dad was incarcerated, I began noticing specific tropes that reinforce a cultural narrative about prison all around me.

Aug 11, 2021
‘Dorohedoro’ Helped Me Through—and Reconsider—Isolation in the Pandemic

In Q Hayashida’s wild, imaginative artwork, I found the freedom to see beyond my surroundings, all on my own.

Jul 27, 2021
Strange Lessons in Sex and Power from ‘Saved By the Bell’

As a preteen, I’d absorbed this dynamic—a teen girl dating adult men—as totally normal because it was embedded in the show’s wholesome package.

Jul 13, 2021
What Tina Turner Taught Me

In a theater, I am freed by the voices that shake the rafters, the dancing, the lights, and the colors. Musicals are my form of catharsis.

Jul 06, 2021
The Real Villain in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is Toxic Work Culture

Fifteen years after it premiered, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ continues to teach ambitious young people that exploitation is the price you must pay for success.

The Radical Possibilities of Virtual Theater

When stage shows went virtual, traditional directors declared that the form was “dead.” They are extremely wrong.

Jun 23, 2021
Coming Out, as Told by Florida Wildlife

Can you still hear us? We’re drowning the state in our chirps tonight if you’d care to sing along.

Jun 22, 2021
Our Hair: How I Found Community and Coconut Oil in France

Across the thousands of miles, and the hundreds of years of historical and cultural distance, Albertine and I had our hair in common.

Jun 21, 2021
How Writing My Young Adult Novel Helped Me Reclaim the Queer Girlhood I Lost

The years I suppressed my queerness are a loss that I'm exploring and grieving—if only through fiction.

Jun 17, 2021
The Transportive Power of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

On the back of that wind, my brain rose and skipped and tumbled far beyond the boundaries of any quarantine.

Halloween 1998, Old Man with Old Wife

Obviously, I cannot be the old woman. Obviously, I cannot be the woman.

Jun 15, 2021
In the Pandemic, Cooking Connected Me to My Ancestors

I could almost sense them beside me, as if the spattered index cards they’d left behind had come to life.

Jun 14, 2021
Building the Trans Gaze For Myself

Why does my assigned sex have to limit me at all?

May 24, 2021
Choosing Survival Over Love in ‘Hadestown’

Eurydice’s decision to choose comfort could be read as a betrayal. But it is a survival response, an instinct to protect the self.

May 17, 2021
The Minari of My Memory

That plant in a park in Rhode Island delivered the promise that there might be something familiar in this place where everything was new.

May 06, 2021
Learning to Hate Yourself in Los Angeles

They told me, “Gay people are all in WeHo. There are no gay people in Inglewood.” To be gay was not only to be Other, but to be white.

May 05, 2021
How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy

These stories had deep histories, centered Black women, and belonged to us. We only had to be brave enough to claim them.

How Clea DuVall Helped Me Find Queer Joy

But I’m a Cheerleader gave me something to hold onto: for the first time, I had seen queer love and community.

Apr 14, 2021