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Understanding Madness and Mental Health Through Lucha Libre

Luchas Libres remind me of the advice I got on my first roller coaster ride: “You have to scream the whole time. It’s only fun if you scream.”

Mar 14, 2022
How Dungeons & Dragons Helped Me Make Sense of My Mania

The simplicity and certainty of the game was precisely what I needed. Who was I to refuse the guarantee of a certain reality?

Feb 11, 2021
Moon Prism Power! Re-examining the Power of the Magical Asian Schoolgirl

When your youth is marked so clearly, by a crisp sailor collar and the deep pleats of your skirt, everyone feels like they deserve a piece of it, of you.

Sep 02, 2020
Why Wrestler Tetsuya Naito Is the Unlikely Hero I Needed

For my generation of fans, Naito embodies our time and our struggles. The closest thing he has to a superpower is survival.

Oct 01, 2019
Love, Peace, and Taco Grease: How I Left My Abusive Husband and Found Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri allowed me to ask: who do I fear noise and brightness for? Who do I fear food for? And he gave me the answer: I fear it for myself.

Jul 29, 2019
How Wrestling Saved My Life and Let Me Express My Queerness

Wrestling never stops, so I couldn’t stop, and thus I am still here.

Jul 09, 2019
What ‘The Proud Family’ Gave to Millennial Muslims

The violence of the moment, conveyed in shades of melancholy purple, is bleak even for a cartoon. But it’s also honest.

Jul 23, 2018
Melancholia, Death Motion, and the Makings of Marilyn Manson

“Manson’s magical proximity to massacres of gun violence is, we know, not magical. His practice is prismatic, his lyrics a sieve.”

When the Way You Love Things Is “Too Much”; or: Why I Went to Portmeirion

As an autistic child, I scrambled to figure out when my passions became too overbearing, too ‘me’ for other people.

Mar 27, 2018
How to Be Heartbroken

On love, loss, and consuming heartbreak art.

Mar 20, 2018
“If a Girl Isn’t Pretty”: When Beauty Is the Ideal and Humor the Fallback

“Being a funny girl like Fanny continues to skew the way I see myself.”

Nov 28, 2017
On the Internet, Everybody Knows You’re a Horndog: On “Beach Rats” and Gay Chat Rooms

Remembering the online world of gay chat rooms in the digital moment before social media.

Nov 16, 2017
They Don’t Speak For Us: Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ in the Age of Collapse

There’s a latent sense of hope tinged with rage tucked away in the album.

Justin Bieber Is My Lesbian Icon

It’s not about getting away with things. It’s about becoming more comfortable with myself.

Jul 20, 2017
True Love Will Find You: My Afternoon in Daniel Johnston’s Dining Room

Johnston’s instrumental arrangements and shrill vocal style satisfied a primitive urge in me.

Jul 19, 2017
‘The Shining,’ Domestic Violence, and the Architecture of Horror

“Horror isn’t in the gothic and ghostly, but in the people we’re taught to love. Horror is close to home.”

Jul 11, 2017
What Would Captain Janeway Do?: On Depression, My Lost Year, and Star Trek: Voyager

How rewatching ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ shed new light on a lost year of my life.

Jul 06, 2017
‘The Big Sick’ Is About Dating and Romance, but It’s Also About Parents and Children

On ‘The Big Sick,’ dating, arranged marriage, and the hard-to-break scripts we use when communicating about love.

Jun 26, 2017
Magic’s Three Acts, Penn & Teller’s Three Tricks

Magic deserves to be regarded as a high art, right alongside poetry, right alongside theatre.

Jun 14, 2017