Things

Threads: On Daughters, Mothers, Ex-girlfriends (and Sewing Boxes)

Inside his sewing box was an old girlfriend’s felt heart, stuck with pins. Throw it out, he says. I don’t.

Jul 21, 2017
Mapping My Body with Sewing Patterns

“The clothing I produce may be simple, but it belongs to me and my body in a way nothing else can.”

Is It Possible to Truly Know Yourself? (Probably Not—and That’s Okay.)

There is opportunity in forcibly rewriting a story, in trying out identities that might not feel true at first.

Jul 18, 2017
How a Gift Connected Me, a Trans Woman, with Three Generations of Women in My Family

“My cousin’s gift was validation, a connection I hadn’t even realized I was looking for.”

Jul 12, 2017
The Great British Baking Show and Being an Amateur

“To be an amateur is to let one’s leisure activities remain indifferent to the whims of capital.”

Jul 11, 2017
The Threat Within: Harry Potter and the Cultural Baggage of Orphan Stories

“Unlike most popular orphan characters, I wasn’t too young to remember my parents.”

Jun 26, 2017
Raymond Briggs and Me; or, The Banality of Evil for Children

Briggs didn’t create the monster lurking under the bed, he just told us it was there.

Jun 16, 2017
How an Abundance of Fitness Data Keeps Me From Obsessing Over a Single Number

It is the act of recording all this data that has helped me step away from identifying so strongly with it.

Jun 14, 2017
Reading Underwater: Reckoning With Myself as a Woman of Color Amid a White Literary World

“My reading trajectory hadn’t equipped me with how I saw myself.”

Jun 13, 2017
Papyrophobia

I wonder if my hatred of paper is just another form of mourning.

Jun 12, 2017
In Which the Magpie Takes to the Field

De Maria’s field of lightning . . . Thoreau’s “botany boxes” . . . James Schuyler’s salute to the past

Jun 09, 2017
In Which the Magpie Makes a Ghost Map of the City

The haunting of Rooney Mara . . . a delivery room turned walk-in closet . . . Ain Gordon’s “Radicals in Miniature”

May 25, 2017
In Which the Magpie Seeks the Zeitgeist of the Losers

The stuff we talk about after we finish with our weekly outrage.

May 11, 2017
Genetic Testing Can Tell You a Lot About Yourself—But What If You Don’t Want to Know?

I wanted the most information possible and thought I had nothing to fear. Then my mother began to lose her memory.

May 08, 2017
In Praise of Stripes

Zebras and tigers, candy canes and barber poles, bumblebees on awnings!

May 05, 2017
Cast-Iron Pans and Paying It Forward

“Hold a cast-iron skillet and you’ll feel the weight of this history through the handle.”

May 04, 2017
I Was a Seventh-Grade Book Censor

“Through books, the best parts of me could breathe and be seen. No boy was going to fuck that up for me.”

May 01, 2017
In Which the Magpie Considers What a Giant Might See

Puppies . . . daffodils . . . surveillance-proof cloaks

Apr 27, 2017
Looking for Anne of Green Gables

A fan-pilgrim expects to find a special world, a sense of belonging. I just wasn’t sure what I’d find on Anne’s island.

Apr 25, 2017
On Power Between Women: The Handmaid’s Tale Revisited

We know the damage of othering. What about the ravages of Same-ing?

Apr 20, 2017