Cover Photo: A black and white photo of a filing cabinet. One drawer is open and the files and records inside appear in color.
Photograph by Maksym Kaharlytskyi/Unsplash

Learning to Delete the Old Versions of My Digital Self

For a long time, I believed you had to keep these records. I knew so little about who I was and what I wanted.

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Well, I don’t feel that way anymore at all.


Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, fiction, and pop culture criticism. She is an upcoming fellow for Lambda Literary's Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Her work appears or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Cut, Vice, Autostraddle, and Catapult.