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Their Songs: The Ballad of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin collaborated to create timeless pop songs during the 1970s.

Sep 20, 2017
To Surrender Our Bodies to the Appetites of Others

Shaving pubic hair. Accepting mother’s advice. Can a woman (or a horse) own her experience of the world?

Sep 19, 2017
To Never Be Full: Albinism, Anorexia, and What It Means to Be Sri Lankan

“My mother’s ‘whiteness’ is disputed, by brown and white people alike, and treated as something to interrogate.”

Sep 14, 2017
Two Freelance Artists and a Baby

“A baby has two superpowers: the ability to suck productive time out of a day and the ability to bleed a wallet dry.”

Sep 13, 2017
The One About the Orthodox Jewish Woman and the Rabbi’s Wife

“I saw that God I’d been so determined to believe in not as an absolute, but as a construct that couldn’t take a joke.”

Sep 12, 2017
Passing for Human #13: Prodigal Robo

“She always runs away from us.”

Sep 11, 2017
Jesus Christ is Now Following You!

“When will American Christians put two and two together and start acting like their Savior?”

Sep 07, 2017
A Test of Self-Love: Competing for Mr. Rockbear 2017

“I wanted to finally be free from the anxiety of wondering if I would be seen as attractive, or seen at all.”

Panic Is

“Panic is terror distilled, a bouillon cube of anxiety for your already-rattled nervous system.”

Sep 06, 2017
How a Cabin in the Woods Almost Killed Me

“You tell the real estate guy it’ll be your weekend place. You tell yourself you’re going to get a lot of writing done here.”

Sep 06, 2017
Regeneration Sickness: On ‘Doctor Who’ and Second Chances

Thirteen regenerations of one Doctor over the course of a very long, very interesting life.

Sep 05, 2017
The Things We Never Say: A Family History

My mother traded her independence for the fullness of a family, tied it to a post for the confines of marriage.

Anger That Can Save the World: On Justice, Feminism, and the Furies

“Our anger exists to scourge the world, and to save it. Not everyone wants it saved.”

Aug 30, 2017
We Need to Talk About Snails

“The day I confessed to being a witch I had no idea what I was doing.”

Aug 30, 2017
Of Spanish and My Grandmother

“Alzheimer’s had been pickpocketing her of a few memories each day until finally I was just a voice she couldn’t place.”

We Are All Scientists: On Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science

Eddy’s lifetime of illness, and her encounters with medical therapies, poised her as an instrument of revelation.

Aug 24, 2017
Talking to My Daughter About Charlottesville

“Once your children know that even one person detests their bones and breath, they know.”

Aug 23, 2017
Subliminal Messages: On Nine Inch Nails’ “Broken”

I turned my stereo all the way down to barely audible volumes, convinced Trent Reznor’s singing was a subliminal message.

Aug 23, 2017
Passing for Human #12: Superpowers

“STOP. Go back where you came from.”

Aug 16, 2017
A Myth About Self-Harm

When I cut myself it wasn’t for attention. I cut to feel safe. And to stay sober.

Aug 11, 2017