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Embracing My Queerness in the Wake of Grief

I wondered how I would confront what I thought was my worst: my sexuality.

Sep 23, 2021
Does Making Predictions Impede the Formation of Memories?

When your brain is presented with a scenario, it makes a decision: Does it file this moment away as a unique event, or slot the information into an existing pattern?

Sep 22, 2021
To Get Through My Divorce, I Raised the Golem

It was an acrimonious divorce. I wanted justice. I settled for truth.

Sep 16, 2021
My Radical Instagram Sangha: A Love Letter

A space has been created by this unflinching journalism, this unabashed Instagram memoir.

Sep 15, 2021
Becoming My Family’s Partition Archivist

Maybe it’s unnatural to talk to my grandparents about Partition like an anthropologist rather than a granddaughter.

Sep 13, 2021
God Wants You to Be Thin (and Other Lies the Evangelical Church Taught Me)

I believed I had been nurtured, like a lamb, for one purpose: Mine was to be thin.

Sep 09, 2021
The Mango Missile Crisis

After her arrest, I started to understand. All the racist slights and foolish men my mother had endured. More reasons to be angry than I could count.

Paulo Gustavo Helped Me Come Out As a Queer Brazilian

Nicole Froio on a gay Brazilian icon, the seminal show "Vai Que Cola," and living under Jair Bolsonaro's anti-queer regime

Sep 02, 2021
My Year of Nocturnal Panic

Each night, I faced my fear. Again and again, I went to bed.

Aug 17, 2021
How My Hometown Homie Makes Me Feel Beautiful

In any serious picture of me, I am not comfortable enough to look directly into the lens. I don’t know if I will ever be.

Aug 12, 2021
Three Asian Adoptee Poets Reflect on Craft, Adoption, and Anti-Asian Violence

Tiana Nobile, Ansley Moon, and Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello chat about poetry, their experiences of being Asian American adoptees, and more

You Don’t Look Like an Ahmed

“Ahmed, eh,” says my Uber driver. “Quite a burden you carry, with a name like that.”

Aug 05, 2021
Midcentury Modern

I find myself looking at the same memories with new eyes now that you’re gone.

Aug 03, 2021
Finding a Face for My Invisible Illness

I could only acknowledge my thyroid condition from sly, sideways angles—a hobbit stealing from a sleeping dragon’s hoard.

When the Squirrels Are Over

Squirrels are violent maters. I thought about that as metaphor, but I’ve already written that kind of essay, that story.

What Could It Mean for My Child to Inherit My Anxiety?

And does asking these questions make me a good mother?

Jul 19, 2021
Getting Bad Tattoos Helped Me Grow

Not-great tattoos remind you that you are a constantly evolving human—that your definitions of beauty and happiness may change form.

Jul 01, 2021
Digital Distortions: Reflections on Zoom and Body Dysmorphia

We’ve spent quarantine in faulty mirrors, sparking negative feedback loops.

Jun 29, 2021
Dear Imo: A Letter from the Korean Diaspora

I made a promise, too, that I would bring her back to you.

Jun 23, 2021
Business in the Front, Rebellion in the Back

My childhood rat tail was a lesson on the borders of class and gender.

Jun 15, 2021