Cover Photo: illustration of a woman reading a book amidst lush, larger-than-life green foliage
The Wildness of Maurice Sendak

Just as Sendak inverts a stereotypical association of white with youthful ingenuousness, Max inverts the expectations of many a children’s morality tale, for he is allowed to be wild.

Feb 12, 2020
Cover Photo: A black-and-white photo of a miniature schnauzer sitting on a white blanket, calmly looking into the camera.
Mourning My Dad and the Dog He Never Wanted

If I could save her, I would. I needed to feel that it was in my power to save her, to save something. I didn’t need her to be uncomplicated. I didn’t need a good dog. I needed her.

Feb 11, 2020
Cover Photo: illustration showing two lists of food terms + pictures from various cultures/languages, written in English, all non-italicized
The Case Against Italicizing “Foreign” Words

Italicization too often bolsters a sense of superiority when it comes to the unitalicized, reinforcing a thick patina of whiteness or other cultural dominance.

Feb 11, 2020

In honor of Black History Month

Cover Photo: Photography by Tore Sætre/Wikimedia
For Black Women, Love Is a Dangerous Thing—“Bitter” Showed Me How to Do It Anyway
I imagine she wrote it for women like me. Women who wear their hearts on their sleeves but hold their hands over their mouths.
Aug 01, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Celia Jacobs for Catapult
Why We Shouldn’t Call Adoptees “Lucky”
If all adoptees felt not only safe, but empowered in their families and their communities, I would feel better—but not lucky.
Sep 17, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of the author sitting in a backyard in Paris.
In an America on Fire, Baldwin’s Legacy Led Me to Paris
Just as America’s horrors led Baldwin to flee decades before, I waded through my own fear as a gay, black man coming of age in an America burning once again.
Dec 02, 2019
Cover Photo: A panoramic view of the mountainous countryside of Laos: rocky crags covered in lush trees, wide open fields, and a bright sky blanketed with fluffy clouds
For My Immigrant Parents, a Vacation Is a Reprieve from Labor—for Me, It’s a Time to Work
My parents wanted to give me opportunities that they never had, to let me participate in bizarre American rites of passage.
Nov 21, 2019
Cover Photo: A close-up of a statue of a qilin, a mythical beast of Chinese origin
Where Once Were Qilin: Return to Nanjing
What did it mean that now both the villages and the qilin were gone? This portal to the ancestors gone forever.
Oct 16, 2019
Cover Photo: A passport from the United Kingdom  on a stone surface
Why Do Borders and Passports Dictate What Country I Get to Call Home?
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.
Sep 19, 2019
Cover Photo: illustration of three sisters looking at a church that looms over them
If You’re Waiting for a Sign
April says the people at church don’t talk to us because they’re motherfuckers.
Jan 31, 2020
Cover Photo: Three shot glasses full of clear alcohol against a black background,  a different slice of fruit diving into each, lighting the drink up with their neon glows—orange, red, blue—splashing brightly into the darkness.
You Do You
She updates the simple bio on her dating profile: “looking for nothing serious. I am really into knives. Really, really into knives, ask me about it.”
Jan 10, 2020
Cover Photo: An illustration of two intimate figures embracing in silhouette against a backdrop of stars and planets; celestial bodies
Venus Conjunct Saturn
Maybe it wasn’t that Angie wanted to break things off with Kate; she just didn’t know enough to decide if she wanted to keep going.
Jan 03, 2020