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
Not Everything Legal is Clean

My Brief Journey In and Out of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Apr 12, 2017
How I Learned to Trust in Therapy—Even Without Homework

It was the form of therapy I feared that changed me for the better.

Apr 10, 2017
El Hugé

A twelve-hundred pound pumpkin threatens California-area teenagers.

Apr 06, 2017
In Which the Magpie Enters the Silence

A synthetic desert . . . a forest made of foam . . . the privilege of quiet

Mar 30, 2017
Feathers from Home, and Other Family Heirlooms

“If you wanted to remember someone or something, you had to choose carefully.”

Mar 28, 2017
The Watch of the Worry Dolls

“I found the worry dolls again, bittersweet reminders of a simpler time.”

Mar 21, 2017
In Which the Magpie Sees Wild Boars as Lost Children

Fukushima’s radioactive boars . . . Ovidian transformations . . . Amy Sillman’s “After Metamorphoses”

Mar 16, 2017
Making Menudo with My Abuela

“If food is like a language, then menudo is its own dialect in my family.”

Mar 08, 2017
Stay or Go? or, The Case Against Playing it Safe

My lesson should have been “choose risk”—change didn’t always mean closing a door.

Mar 07, 2017
In Which the Magpie Lets the Dog Live

A dog and her birthday pancake . . . the fate of Old Yeller et al . . . Thomas Roma’s dog shadow photographs

Mar 02, 2017
A Soulful Novel and Me: On Zora Neale Hurston

“Their Eyes Were Watching God is a timeless novel that shows us the resilience of the human spirit.”

Feb 23, 2017