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“It is the people who have power”

I must be ready to be the best person I can be to serve my country.

Jul 28, 2021
Shades of Yellow Heighten the Horror of ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’

In Tobe Hooper’s famous horror film, the color yellow is a visual catalyst for the evil that is to come.

Jul 26, 2021
My Mom’s Pandemic Piano Taught Me You Can Always “Find Yourself”

It was the first time I’d ever noticed growth or newness this way: reclaiming, or returning, rather than overhauling and chasing.

Feed Yourself Like Someone You Love: A Recipe for Summer Vegetable Tuna Curry

The trick to a good nostalgic curry rice is to finish it with honey. Just a drizzle at first.

Jul 21, 2021
The Handbook for the Recently Deceased

In the film ‘Beetlejuice’, death is exaggeration. To die is to become a different size, to be viewed as grotesque by an outside observer.

Jul 20, 2021
You Are as Strong as Your Teeth

Strength is as transmissible as brown eyes, an ability to curl the tongue, a gap in the teeth.

Jul 15, 2021
Britney Spears’s Conservatorship and the Harm of “For Your Own Good”

What’s terrifying about Spears’s situation, for a certain kind of disabled person, is that we are a razor’s edge away from joining her.

Jul 14, 2021
Taking History Personally: Tea, Selfhood, and the Story of Empire

Tea plants—and the drinks we make from them—carry so many meanings.

Jul 14, 2021
How Vlogging Is Empowering a New Generation of Stutterers

They ground me, authorizing me to keep talking like I do.

Jul 08, 2021
Soft Robots Taught Me How to Be Strong

After accepting that softness could be innovative, and that strength can be supple, I sought guidance from new developments in the world of soft robots.

Jul 07, 2021
“Whoever Holds the Banner Will Be Shot”

That day, my sister was not scared. She protested because what is happening in Myanmar is not right.

Jun 30, 2021
“Bloody Mary” and Other Things Only Spoken of in the Dark

I try to talk openly about everything that was shrouded in mystery when I was growing up. I try to take the distorted sense of my younger self and change her shape.

Jun 30, 2021
Are You a Boy? Or Are You a Girl?

For those who want to play with gender, games are sometimes a safer setting in which to experiment and discover.

Jun 28, 2021
How Seaweed Shapes Our Past and Future

What do we make of the weediness of seaweeds?

Jun 24, 2021
Tura Satana Taught Me to Find Power in My Asian Identity

At times, I’d like a woman to be the one in pursuit.

Jun 24, 2021
My Creepy Neighbor, Robert E. Lee

I believe that every Black person has a Black voice in our ear, acting as our conscience, checking us if we’re not looking out for other Black people.

Jun 22, 2021
Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Taught Me About Being a Twin

For me and my twin, the surprise was not our matching tumors, but that hers was malignant and mine was benign.

The Fraught Identity of ‘Where’s the Party Yaar’

I get the melancholic task of laughing through my grief.

Jun 10, 2021
FMA and Me: Reckoning With Anime as Japanese and American

The affectations of white anime enthusiasts made me feel fake, confusing my yearning for the language and familiarity I craved.

Jun 09, 2021
When a Friendship Ends But the Love Survives

With the help of all of my friends—my best one included—I’ve gotten better at being my whole self.

Jun 03, 2021