People

To the Next Young Black Woman Facing Breast Cancer

“I’ve fervently wished to see women who look like me and have lived through this.”

A New Myth: Untethering My Name from White Folks’ Imaginations

“Names bind us to people, places, and histories. As the descendant of enslaved people, my name only goes so far.”

Oct 18, 2017
Hunger Inside My Queer Body

“I wanted to be like that: hard and boney, a body full of fuck-you’s.”

Oct 17, 2017
What Miyazaki’s Heroines Taught Me About My Mixed-Race Identity

“Miyazaki tells us something about bodies in flux: There is no easy answer; only the conflict, the question.”

Oct 16, 2017
A View from the Beyhive’s Cheap Seats When All You Want Is a Baby You Can’t Have

“Even in that happy space, doubt, disbelief, and a gnawing sadness started to swirl, rise, and create confusion.”

Oct 11, 2017
How to Look at an Argument: The Deal-Breaker

“It can’t work if I’m the only one willing to DEAL with things.”

Oct 10, 2017
“Why Jazz?”: A Music Festival Review

“Jazz is not a live being, and music is not subject to our laws of time.”

Oct 10, 2017
Live From Kosuge Village: Scenes From a Trance Concert

“There was a trance concert in the Japanese village of nine hundred people, and I didn’t know about it.”

‘The Leftovers’ and Living Reminders; or, Why I Write About Grief

What if the grief never gets better? What if I don’t want it to?

Oct 04, 2017
Coming Home to Myself: A Story of Healing

“For this is the thing with secrets: They are thrilling to a child who has lived his life only in the open.”

The Value of Nostalgia for the Anxious

I used to think nostalgia was only a sign of weakness, but I can see its benefits now.

Oct 02, 2017
“Let Me Pass Away”: When Your Mother Blames You for Your Cancer Diagnosis

“My mother assumed I must have done something to bring a rare blood cancer upon myself.”

Sep 29, 2017
Checking for Holes in the Multiverse

I pick out the universe where a bullet never fractured my skull bone.

Sep 26, 2017
Art Therapy Before Surgery

“They did it in one fell swoop, cut out the whole tangle of lymph nodes in my neck, preemptively, ear to collarbone to ear.”

Sep 26, 2017
How to Look at an Argument: The Metaphor

“What is this thing that stands between us?”

Sep 25, 2017
Fortunate Friends: A Leap Across the Wealth Gap and Into a New Home

A friend as your mortgage holder? It seemed like one of those things you should never, ever do.

Sep 25, 2017
The Trouble with Angels: Taming a Halo of Unruly Hair

“In the beauty parlor, I watch my ringlets collect like dark, bushy tumbleweeds on the checkered floor.”

Sep 21, 2017
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