People

15 Minutes with Olive Thomas, Former Follies Girl and Full-time Ghost

Whenever something goes wrong at the New Amsterdam Theatre, it’s because of Olive Thomas. But the people working there don’t mind; they say, “Technically, she was here first.”

Jan 17, 2019
When My Grandfather Dies, No One Will Say He Was “Gone Too Soon”

When my grandfather threatened to kill himself, I began to wonder if, as he sees it, he has effectively stopped living.

Jan 16, 2019
What Is Common, What Is Rare: Why Extraordinary Events Cannot Eclipse Everyday Racism

We’d denounce the marches and torches and chants. When that moment passed, we’d continue to live with the ghosts of our country’s peculiar legacy.

Jan 14, 2019
Here If You Need Me: Learning to Be Present While Fighting for Your Father

When fighting on behalf of the father you love, who do you become?

Jan 10, 2019
15 Minutes With Aaliyah Nitoto and Sam Prestianni, Makers of Lavender Wine

“Something as beautiful and unique as lavender wine shouldn’t just be at a country club.”

Jan 03, 2019
Writing Motherhood Taught Me About My Emotional and Psychic Inheritance

I felt abandoned and alone. I was told that it was at odds with what mothers should feel, do feel, after childbirth.

Jan 02, 2019
How Human Kindness Helps Us Weather the Storms

Natural disasters have a terrible way of reminding us of our capacity for kindness, acting like a yardstick for our collective empathy or apathy.

15 Minutes with Anshu, Expert Eyebrow Threader and Community Builder

I might’ve said too much for a first visit, but Anshu’s warmth had a way of dissolving my worry. To my emotional overspilling, Anshu said she will take care of me from now on.

Dec 13, 2018
Finding My Place in Ritual and Love as a Queer Mennonite

With this person, I wondered, could I be my full self—queer, spiritual, and religious?

Dec 10, 2018
Once I Had Black Hairdressers, I Learned That Black Hair Did Not Equal Pain

These women showed me how to love and care for myself—the only way a Black woman could.

Dec 06, 2018
The Greatest Challenge of Raising an Autistic Child as an Autistic Parent? The Ableist World We Live In

Being disabled means hundreds of thousands of people believe they always know better than you do.

Dec 05, 2018
15 Minutes with Exodus, Wig-Maker to the Drag Queen Stars

“Exodus is a large mass moving of people. My slogan is ‘Hair that moves you!’ which I think is cute.”

Nov 29, 2018
How I Came to Appreciate the Video Memories I Experience as an Autistic Woman

Knowing and understanding that I’m autistic has given me the strength to experience the excess of empathy that comes from reliving my vivid, video-like memories.

Nov 26, 2018
I Named My Daughter After the Woman I Wish She Could Have Met

Something unexpected cracks me open every year: Tonight, it was my daughter, recognizing the name I’d given her because I couldn’t give her the woman herself.

15 Minutes with Louis Mitchell, Who Brings Sesame Street Characters to Life

“My purpose in life is to encourage people to seek the things they love to do,” says Louis, “not what they think they have to do.”

Nov 15, 2018
What I Learned from ‘La Papessa,’ the Woman Who Ran the Vatican

Many of us don’t get the chance for revenge, justice, or even goddamn peace. Olimpia managed to succeed, throughout her entire life, where men wanted to see her fail.

Nov 14, 2018
For the Love of Nooks: A Comic

I spent a lot of time in my nook, tucked away and dreaming.

Nov 07, 2018
Unheard Grief, Unmovable Men: How an Old Mexican Folktale Speaks to Our Pain Today

All the wrong people are crying, and all the people who ought to feel something do not.

Nov 05, 2018
The Distinct Anxiety of Interracial Dating

“The reality is that training wheels aren’t meant to last. They exist to be discarded after use.”

Nov 02, 2018
15 Minutes with Abdul Sattar, the Man Who Serves the Karachi Press

“The day you sit idle, you are inviting illness and despondency upon yourself. I don’t want to be dependent on anybody. I have too much self-respect.”

Nov 01, 2018