Arts & Culture

How Lunchbox TikTok Is Healing My Relationship With Food

Lunch-packing videos have shown me that, regardless of your age or your body size or how big of a breakfast you had, we all deserve to eat.

May 18, 2022
On Running Shirtless While Trans

Maybe I was tired of hiding and being afraid. Maybe I was just overheating and my nipples were starting to chafe. Maybe it was all or none of the above.

May 10, 2022
Finding Salvation in Death Cab for Cutie

I needed her to tell me that it was okay to doubt, to yearn, for the lyrics in our headphones to mean something sacred—with or without God.

May 05, 2022
It’s More Than Just “Two Boys Kissing”

David Wojnarowicz captured the chaos of living as a gay man in the 1980s and early 1990s with HIV overshadowing everything we did and felt.

May 02, 2022
For Queer Girls, Simping Is a Love Language

I’m embracing the label, with all its yearning, try-hard connotations, because desire shouldn’t be embarrassing and love does require trying hard.

May 02, 2022
Can We Dance as the World Falls Apart?

When Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, I found myself asking: What pleasures are permissible during wartime?

Apr 19, 2022
Little Girls Get to Be Ingénues—What About Big Girls?

Make me thin, I told God. Make me pretty. I added to the list: Make me Annie.

What ‘Fast & Furious’ Can Teach Us About Women Who Reclaim Their Power

Letty Ortiz reflects back the best of our hero’s characteristics with fewer of the hang-ups.

The Rise of the Reboot: Why We Can’t Escape Nostalgia

I’ve wondered if I, too, have become a member of a generation reluctant to move past adolescence.

Mar 29, 2022
Unlearning the Colonial Gaze in Southeast Asian Art

Southeast Asia is a colonial construct, a modern concoction brewed from the dregs of centuries-long imperial conquest.

Mar 28, 2022
The Mess of Millennial Womanhood and the Myth of ‘Having It All’

I turned to my friend and asked, “What if I don’t want it all?”

Mar 16, 2022
When Pop Music Lets Women of Color Express Their Rage

Artists like Olivia Rodrigo validated my suppressed anger—and gave me space to be petty—by helping to create a world that validates feminine fury.

Mar 14, 2022
The Comfort of Time Loops in the Age of Climate Crisis

Unlike these stories, we don’t have decades of do-overs—especially on the West Coast, where the droughts are real and the big earthquake could shake things loose anytime.

Mar 07, 2022
South Indian Filter Coffee Tastes Like Home and Empire

For me, longing for filter coffee and missing my father are one and the same.

Mar 03, 2022
We Need the All-American Diner

Diners are affordable, accessible, and a staple of our national imagination. They’re also disappearing—and we need them now more than ever.

Mar 02, 2022
Why Create Art When No One Will See It?

Fritz Kistel was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproductive—in the capitalist sense—that I can’t help but admire him: He created for himself.

Mar 01, 2022
To All the Brooklyn Brownstones I’ve Loved Before

The brownstone stood for everything I wanted: solidity and urbanity, possibility and permanence. I could see it, stand inside it, even sleep there. But it wasn’t mine.

How Yams Helped My Family Survive Postwar Vietnam

To my family, yams are more than just a root vegetable.

Feb 24, 2022
Making Fruitcake for My Father as an Act of Optimism

A year in fruitcake means a year soaking in hope and optimism. Committing to the cakes meant believing that we would all see some semblance of survival.

Feb 23, 2022
Who Actually Wins (and Keeps) the HGTV Dream Home?

As of January 2021, only six of the first twenty-one sweepstakes winners were able to live in their Dream Home for longer than a year.