People

Writ in Water: Remembering John Keats and My Friend Susan

And then there is the date that we don’t yet know. The last date—a meaningless number on a calendar until it isn’t.

Feb 23, 2021
How Dungeons & Dragons Helped Me Make Sense of My Mania

The simplicity and certainty of the game was precisely what I needed. Who was I to refuse the guarantee of a certain reality?

Feb 11, 2021
Tracing the Seams

This body is the home of both a female and a male self, and I am not yet sure how to help it accommodate all of me best.

Feb 04, 2021
I Tried to Buy Self-Worth and All I Got Was Credit Card Debt

I dug my hole trying to keep up with a social calendar I couldn’t afford, which is often what happens when you feel like you don’t belong on the social calendar to begin with.

Jan 28, 2021
Every Flavor a Ghost: A Comic

Sometimes even just a minor taste of something brings old ghosts back to me.

How to Love in English

If one loved in the Indian provinces, one could only love in English, with “I love you.”

Jan 14, 2021
Learning to Talk About Domestic Violence

A system that requires us to risk further retaliation when we report being in danger enables and engenders further violence.

Jan 11, 2021
My Body Only Feels Right When It Isn’t My Own

I want to inhabit a form that doesn’t define me; I want to inhabit a form in a way that lets me define it.

Jan 07, 2021
A Year Without an Ending

Is it strange, in a vortex of absence, to cherish endings? Only if loss and endings are the same.

Dec 18, 2020
Resistance Can Be Playful, Too

In the face of overlapping and unprecedented crises, an immigrant mom protects her family through play.

Dec 17, 2020
Learning to Love My Mother’s Body and My Own

Envy feels a lot like binging—the more you give into it, the worse you feel.

Dec 16, 2020
Proof of Mountain

On a long-sought diagnosis, chronic pain, and a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Dec 15, 2020
How to Come Out in French

Before I was queer, I was French.

Dec 10, 2020
The French Cartoon that Led Me to Fandom and Friendship

Priyanka Bose on How Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Helped Her Overcome Loneliness

Dec 08, 2020
The Ghost on the Zoom Call

Including my mother, we inhabit seven squares. At the beginning of each Zoom session, my mother asks who we are.

Right Now I Will Jump to That Spot Over There

Christina Bartson on improvisation, shutting out fear, and trusting her movement during the pandemic.

Dec 07, 2020
A Pregnancy, a Pandemic, and a Pear Tart

When I first discovered I was pregnant, we were deep into a very strange spring.

Dec 01, 2020
The Thrill and Grief of Being a Singlehanded Sailor

I still wonder, what is the right amount of time to grieve?

Nov 24, 2020
How Wild Swimming Keeps My Mental Health Afloat

Ironically, the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown gave me the time to embrace wild swimming—just when I needed my lifeline most.

Nov 23, 2020
Las Cosas, Cosas Son: The Things We Give Up to Be Here

At detention centers, these prized possessions go straight into the trash. A devastating omen for the way immigrants are treated in this country.