In Defense of Fast Girls Who Just Want to Dance

“We were free and naïve enough to believe we could navigate the terrain of men’s hunger and their hands unscathed.”

May 25, 2018
Nietzsche and Kanye Don’t Know Shit About My Migraine Pain

“Migraine is deceptive pain. It lies when it begins, and it lies about what it signifies. It signifies nothing.”

May 24, 2018
What My Tribal ID Can Tell Me About Being Wampanoag, and What It Can’t

I needed those moments of tangible Native-ness, because I was never sure if I was Native enough.

May 23, 2018
The Moment Your Life Crashes and Burns: On Divorce, Injury, and Questions Without Answers

It gives us license to try and pinpoint the moment our lives crashed and burned, when everything could have been different.

May 22, 2018
Stay Wild, or How to Keep Your Hand

To call these acts wild, to see them as separate parts of consciousness, is to be a tourist in your own city.

May 17, 2018
How the Bobbit Worm Helps Me Name My Sexual Assault

He attempted to have sex with me, and I managed to stop him by saying I had a tampon in, my period blood a greater deterrence than my protest.

May 16, 2018
My Father’s Final Gift to Us? He Planned a Natural Burial

His bluegrass band at the gravesite? Check. No embalming? Check.

May 15, 2018
When It Hurts So Bad: On Fighting a Depressive Episode

“I feel like I’m hyperventilating. I can’t stop crying and I can’t breathe. I’m afraid I’m going to drown on dry land.”

May 14, 2018
Lost Cause: On Estrangement and Chosen Family

Staying in contact with biological family no matter what they’ve done is a message beaten into us from every side.

May 10, 2018
Missing Hope: A Trio of Miscarriages, and What Happened After

I have been afraid most days of my life, which is what anxiety is, and the months of this pregnancy have been the most anxious of my life.

May 09, 2018
(Don’t) Fear the Feeding Tube

My feeding tube could make my life easier and better, but a visceral shame pulsed through me when it came to actually using it.

May 08, 2018
Talent Isn’t Enough When You’re a Fat Ballerina

“What does it mean when your body is your art? Can a thicker brush not make just as beautiful strokes?”

May 03, 2018
E-Books, Accessibility, Luddites, and the Techno-Dazzled

“Blind and print-handicapped readers do not have the luxury of deciding whether they will go old-school and deny the digital age.”

May 01, 2018
Cursed: Baseball Lore and Saving My Daughter’s Life

“Does cursing beget being cursed? Had I brashly yielded a power unchecked, unaware of the consequences?”

Apr 30, 2018
My Mother’s Secret Garden

The students turned a gray patch of earth into their own tiny Eden, a secret oasis of their own.

“The Long Night”: A Novel by Julian Mayfield

Mayfield’s style was as stark as Richard Wright and poetic as Ernest Hemingway, but was grounded in urban realism.

Apr 26, 2018
Melancholia, Death Motion, and the Makings of Marilyn Manson

“Manson’s magical proximity to massacres of gun violence is, we know, not magical. His practice is prismatic, his lyrics a sieve.”

What I Miss: A List

“I miss your record player, and the sense of home you carried with you, although you’d never really been at home anywhere.”

Apr 23, 2018
Korean as a Second Language

I never would have come to Korean if not for my adoption. The language pulled me back to it, despite the decades, cultures, and continents between us.