Culture

Listening to Kelis Taught Me to Embrace Anger

Her anger had made its way to her music; my anger couldn’t find a home outside my own head.

Dec 03, 2020
How Queer Sex Liberated Me

Leaving my cishet marriage was hard, but it set us both free to find more satisfying relationships.

Sex, Lies, and Vampires: Rethinking ‘Twilight’ and Purity Rings

Without anywhere to talk about sex or process it, ‘Twilight’ offered an alternative space to unravel my own private desire.

Nov 12, 2020
My Father, Montaigne, and the Art of Living

When my father died in 2012, I inherited his well-read copy of Montaigne’s ‘Essais.’

Oct 29, 2020
On Preserving Taiwanese Through Romanization

But was there a better way to put these pronunciations on the page?

Oct 22, 2020
What Kind of Sonnets Will Computers Write?

If poetry is an act of discovery for a writer, then even a computational poem has to uncover something new.

Oct 21, 2020
How Saunf (or Mukhwas, or Fennel Candy) Built Me a Home

To these writers, saunf occurred in the world as a curiosity, but not as an inevitability.

Oct 20, 2020
An Ode to the Great Undead Novella

Where I lived and grew up, the novella was never endangered.

Oct 19, 2020
How ‘Drag Race’ Helped Me See My Non-Binary Identity

When I look at my personal aesthetic (if I could call it that), I see something that gives me room to move through binaries.

Oct 15, 2020
In Praise of Spoon and Fork

Could I really not keep anything from the unbearable whiteness of being?

How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

On Sex Work and Risk During a Pandemic

I couldn't afford to live on academic wages, so I became a dominatrix. But after Covid-19, the risks became too great.

Oct 08, 2020
An Ode to Poorly Lit Dressing Rooms

Dressing rooms were only special because of how we used them to quietly become human.

It Comes in Threes: Superstition, Ritual, and Action in 2020

If you feel more spiritual or superstitious than usual, it’s because you are.

Sep 29, 2020
Taking Thirst Traps to Preserve Myself—and My Transition—in the Middle of the Pandemic

There is something attractive about being the subject and the artist all at once; of being entirely in control of how I am seen, who sees me.

Sep 28, 2020
They Sold Me Underwear and I Was Happy

Congratulations, they said, your order is on its way! Thank you, they said, and I was happy to be thanked.

Sep 21, 2020
Finding an “I” in Indian Literature

It turns out all I want to find in literature, whether I write or read it, is a little piece of myself.

Sep 17, 2020
Herbal Hormone Supplements Can Change the Meaning of Trans Embodiment

Estrogen and testosterone have historically been deployed to produce gender compliant citizens. What if, instead, they were agents of autonomy?

How Leslie Feinberg Became the Parent I Needed During My Transition

“I needed preparation, not protection. I needed to see myself as a part of history.”

Sep 14, 2020
How My Depression Ruined ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

When I save, quit, and reload, I’m in control.

Sep 03, 2020