Things

Amethyst: When You Seek Balance at All Costs

Maybe telling ourselves we’re balanced, that we’re in control, is almost as good as the real thing.

Apr 16, 2018
My Suits Helped Me Try on Another Life, But I Don’t Need Them Anymore

Sometimes I still think about my suits and the life I could have had. Now I work for myself, and my standard uniform is jeans and a T-shirt.

Apr 12, 2018
The Consuming Power of Hunger and Desire

“As a young woman, I was rarely in control of my body or my mind. I had hungers like snakes wildly contorting from my head.”

Apr 12, 2018
Is This Device That Stores a Heartbeat an Authentic Way to Memorialize Someone?

Platforms like Facebook already act as mediums between the living and deceased.

Apr 11, 2018
Great Book Finds, and One That Got Away

“There is a saying in book collecting: You only regret the books you don’t buy.”

Apr 10, 2018
How She Did It: On Penelope Fitzgerald, Writing, and Women at Work

Fitzgerald was ground down, I imagine, consumed by how to take care of her family. This didn’t make her any less the thinker, writer, reader, that she was.

The Male Gaze: Objectification in the Narrative World

“We have become so good at seeing our environment—our planet and the people upon it—as a rolling scroll of film.”

Apr 06, 2018
We Have Always Lived in the Woods: On Fairy Tales and the Monsters You Know

On the thin line between fairy tales and real-life horror stories, and how we survive.

Apr 03, 2018
What “American Night” Meant to My Chinese American Family

Holding on to our cultural foods and customs was a labor of love, but labor nevertheless. American Night provided a little respite.

Mar 29, 2018
Capture This: How We Live Away From the Lens

I was embarrassed each time I got out my camera.

A Brief Feminist Exploration of the Bicycle

Susan B. Anthony once said, "I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world."

The Downside of Radical Honesty

The problem with radical honesty is that we are not transparent to ourselves—we are always biased, and so is the feedback we provide.

Mar 07, 2018
On Signs and Solitary Women; or, Why I Kept the Bureau for Myself

“Was I meant to get that desk just to show a stranger the course of her life?”

Mar 05, 2018
The Virtues of Willfulness: How Fairy Tales Teach Us to Look for Truths Beyond the Simple Stories

Too many people are fed one version of a story, a false one, and do not interrogate it. But the world of fairy tales is rife with opportunities to practice critical thinking, if only we look closer.

Mar 01, 2018
Say It with Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food

I have forgotten how to speak two languages. But I have learned this one.

Feb 27, 2018
Is Your Streak About to End? The False Belief That Can Drive Both Gambling and Anxiety

Many of us subconsciously believe there is only so much good allotted to us—so, when something good happens, watch out.

Feb 14, 2018
The Beauty Myth: What Keeps Us From Seeing Ourselves Clearly?

“What I look like” is not a static picture cut out and placed in different environments, but one that changes again and again.

Jan 16, 2018
Point the Finger: Listening to Women and Seeking Justice in the Violent World of Fairy Tales

We’ve all had to reckon with the burden of untold stories. Every woman has one, and every woman carries around with her the stories of others.

Jan 10, 2018
When the Food You Rejected as a Kid Becomes Trendy

“FOE!” he had yelled, when really, phở is more graceful than that.

Jan 04, 2018
No Best Friend, But Better Off

Friendship is not about going down a list with some people always first, others second and third. Every friendship is unique.

Dec 12, 2017