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How to Prepare for an Emotional Disaster: A Comic

Keep a notebook of all the ways things could go wrong so as to curb expectations.

Jul 25, 2017
When All This Is History: North London, the Land, and Life with a Neurological Disorder

I have never been anything but this ragged, medicated self; I have never been less aware of the ground beneath my feet.

Jul 25, 2017
Justin Bieber Is My Lesbian Icon

It’s not about getting away with things. It’s about becoming more comfortable with myself.

Jul 20, 2017
True Love Will Find You: My Afternoon in Daniel Johnston’s Dining Room

Johnston’s instrumental arrangements and shrill vocal style satisfied a primitive urge in me.

Jul 19, 2017
A Room of One’s Own: Sharing (Brain) Space with My Baby

“My former home office, with its glorious door separating it from our bedroom, is now our son’s domain.”

Jul 18, 2017
Passing for Human #10: How It Happens

For me there is always the question, “Did I offend?”

Jul 17, 2017
‘The Shining,’ Domestic Violence, and the Architecture of Horror

“Horror isn’t in the gothic and ghostly, but in the people we’re taught to love. Horror is close to home.”

Jul 11, 2017
On Anxiety, Writing, and Taking the Nature Cure

The nature or “West cure” was developed in the nineteenth century to treat men with anxiety. Women were sent to bed.

Jul 10, 2017
What Would Captain Janeway Do?: On Depression, My Lost Year, and Star Trek: Voyager

How rewatching ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ shed new light on a lost year of my life.

Jul 06, 2017
Your Name Is a Blessing to Stand On

“We didn’t know that where we came from, we named like praying.”

Jun 29, 2017
Claim Your Complexity: The Monstrous Upheaval of the Chimera

“When you’ve spent all your life smothering your contradictions, their eruption can undo you.”

Jun 27, 2017
‘The Big Sick’ Is About Dating and Romance, but It’s Also About Parents and Children

On ‘The Big Sick,’ dating, arranged marriage, and the hard-to-break scripts we use when communicating about love.

Jun 26, 2017
Crushes, Flings, and Exes: On Writing About the Men Who Don’t Stay

“Women writers throughout history not only accepted transience through amorous affairs, but delighted in them.”

Jun 22, 2017
How We Struggle to Grieve in Our Chinese Christian Family

“When the missionaries came with their Good News, they also declared that what we’d had before was bad.”

Jun 21, 2017
Cigarettes and Turpentine: An Ode to My Artist-Mother

“The women I admire most are artist-mothers, who are able to create with pleasure and abandon.”

Jun 21, 2017
Love in the Time of Measles

“In the emergency room, my instincts exploded from protective to full-blown primal. And it felt like love.”

Jun 20, 2017
Division of Labor: When You Crave Order and Your Family Doesn’t

“My parents had a shared language I didn’t understand, messes I couldn’t always be there to tidy.”

Jun 19, 2017
Magic’s Three Acts, Penn & Teller’s Three Tricks

Magic deserves to be regarded as a high art, right alongside poetry, right alongside theatre.

Jun 14, 2017
Passing for Human #9: Deacon’s Closet

“Ma’am, there is no need to yell.”

Jun 12, 2017