Things

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
On Reading Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” in 2017

“There are those who fail to realize how deeply Thompson cared about his country. He was a product of it.”

Aug 18, 2017
How to Read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Americanah’

“I am three days aged in Lagos and cry as my fingers turn the first page.”

Aug 15, 2017
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