Things

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
What I Learned from Maxine Hong Kingston

I told Kingston how much her book meant to me as a half-Chinese woman, as a writer. It showed me my own life was worthy of examination, even exaltation.

Dec 04, 2017
The Strangeness of Eating Fish

Herring in Ukraine to fried whiting on my street. Melville to Jewish legend. How easily we eat fish caught from depths we don’t understand.

Nov 30, 2017
My Mother Has Terminal Cancer, and I Can’t Seem to Stop Buying Sweaters

I’m stockpiling sweaters because they signify refuge, collecting them like talismans though grief cannot be avoided.

Can Desire or Love Be Predicted?

Data versus the real world: what compatibility algorithms can’t tell you.

Nov 15, 2017
The Colonizer’s Archive is a Crooked Finger: A Photo Essay

“Colonial photography perpetually assaulted what became the Nigerian body.”

Nov 02, 2017
Taking Care With Broken Things: How I Came to Practice Ethical Taxidermy

“I imagined that spending so much time with a dead thing might make death more understandable.”

Oct 31, 2017
The Struggle of “Eating Well” When You’re Poor

“Finding joy in food that comes from a bag or a box feels like a sin in a society that demonizes it.”

Oct 30, 2017
The Ways Things End

The end is always near. How do we challenge finality in our daily lives and in our art?

Oct 19, 2017
A Moment Spins on the Axis of You: The Fourth Dimension of Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors”

Our experiences with a piece of art are varied and unique. Some pieces may take a lifetime to digest.

Oct 18, 2017
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Asexuality

“Though desire for sex is considered one of our four primal drives, I lack such a desire almost completely.”

Oct 12, 2017
A Beginner’s Guide to Snorting the Moon

There’s nothing we do to earn something as unreasonable as moon dust, or death, or a high C you’re just born with.

Oct 05, 2017
Where the Stars Are Strange: J. R. R. Tolkien and Me

“The best books show us who we were when we first read them, who we are now, and who we may yet become.”

Oct 03, 2017
On Cruising a Writer’s Oeuvre

“By reading the debut texts of the writers whose books I’ve at one point set down, I tried to find my way further into the work.”

When Quitting Is the Harder, Better Choice

On learning to let “grit” go.

Sep 19, 2017
Millo, My American Armadillo

“Millo is a sax player and ‘Millo’ is short for Armadillo, his full Christian name and species.”

Sep 13, 2017