Culture

Starting Testosterone During Ramadan Led Me to the Sacred in My Trans Self

Before testosterone, few people ever saw me cry. Now tears come in hot floods, as though some tender, unlanguaged creature has surfaced inside me.

Nov 24, 2021
Dev Patel in ‘The Green Knight’ Helped Me Manage My OCD

Many times I could have said the same as Gawain, terrified in the face what was to come, “I’m not ready. I’m not ready yet.”

Nov 23, 2021
When the News Is Too Much, I Read It Backward

The tidy linearity we’re used to leaves little room for revolution.

Nov 23, 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.

Lessons On Camp and Queerness from ‘American Horror Story’

Madison Montgomery never stops performing. She is at once person and persona.

Nov 04, 2021
Seeing Cuba from a Parking Lot in Miami

I used to think Miami was a kind of carbon copy of Havana. But I was wrong. We are not a copy, but a conversation.

Nov 03, 2021
Two-Player Mode: Me, My Brother, and Our Gaming History

We spent hours, whole evenings, whole weekends, absorbed in ‘World of Warcraft.’

Nov 01, 2021
The Night a Grieving Phantom in the Everglades Changed My Life

The land that was previously seen as harsh and brutal by colonial forces was actually a site of survival, new life, and renewal.

Learning to Live with Durians Again

Was my rejection of the durian, Southeast Asia’s King of Fruits, a betrayal of my cultural identity, of my life in Singapore?

Oct 18, 2021
Longing for the Netherlands, Stroopwafels, and the Real Thing

We don’t crave the things we’re close to, even if they’ve shaped us into who we are.

Oct 14, 2021
Confessions of a Little Mermaid

The taste of silence and salt heavy on my tongue.

I Can’t Go Home, So I Go to the Indian Grocery

Each time I contend with the reality of another month—season, year—apart from extended family, I drive my ennui to Namaste Plaza.

Oct 12, 2021
‘Persona 5 Royal’ and the Case for Suffering

Their choice is between what is unearned and what’s been hard-won. What would you choose?

Oct 06, 2021
Matthew Shepard Bought an Engagement Ring

I knew about Matt’s legacy, but I didn’t know much about his life.

Oct 05, 2021
What Would It Mean to Live in the Clouds?

If one can dream up a better future for humanity or for whatever species humans evolve into, why replicate the past?

Oct 05, 2021
I Refuse to Feel Guilt for My Guilty Pleasures

The invisible fence that divides highbrow and lowbrow is largely imposed by money, those we admire, and our own social conditioning.

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