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How Do We Survive Suicide?

How much does my fear of owning this darker voice hinge on a cultural insistence that it’s unhealthy, even unnatural? What if I’m all of it?

Oct 26, 2021
Searching for a Safe Place to Swim

The idea that a place exists where trans people are free to be in and around the water fills me with joy.

Oct 14, 2021
Pivoting to Screenwriting in My Forties Because I’ve Never Been More Confident

Even on my worst day as a writer, I’m closer to the creative life I dreamed of at eighteen than ever before.

Oct 07, 2021
You Mean More to Me Than Any Scientific Truth

A poet wrestles with grief and the multiverse.

Oct 06, 2021
Matthew Shepard Bought an Engagement Ring

I knew about Matt’s legacy, but I didn’t know much about his life.

Oct 05, 2021
Your Friend Group Should Look Like the Cast of a Twenty-Something Drama (and Other Myths About Millennial Friendship)

New responsibilities clogged up phone lines and changed what used to be lifelines—how were we supposed to maintain our relationships?

Going from Other to Local in Mumbai

I was certain my appearance would mask my secret: that I didn’t belong.

Sep 29, 2021
Embracing My Queerness in the Wake of Grief

I wondered how I would confront what I thought was my worst: my sexuality.

Sep 23, 2021
Does Making Predictions Impede the Formation of Memories?

When your brain is presented with a scenario, it makes a decision: Does it file this moment away as a unique event, or slot the information into an existing pattern?

Sep 22, 2021
To Get Through My Divorce, I Raised the Golem

It was an acrimonious divorce. I wanted justice. I settled for truth.

Sep 16, 2021
My Radical Instagram Sangha: A Love Letter

A space has been created by this unflinching journalism, this unabashed Instagram memoir.

Sep 15, 2021
Becoming My Family’s Partition Archivist

Maybe it’s unnatural to talk to my grandparents about Partition like an anthropologist rather than a granddaughter.

Sep 13, 2021
God Wants You to Be Thin (and Other Lies the Evangelical Church Taught Me)

I believed I had been nurtured, like a lamb, for one purpose: Mine was to be thin.

Sep 09, 2021
The Mango Missile Crisis

After her arrest, I started to understand. All the racist slights and foolish men my mother had endured. More reasons to be angry than I could count.

Paulo Gustavo Helped Me Come Out As a Queer Brazilian

Nicole Froio on a gay Brazilian icon, the seminal show "Vai Que Cola," and living under Jair Bolsonaro's anti-queer regime

Sep 02, 2021
My Year of Nocturnal Panic

Each night, I faced my fear. Again and again, I went to bed.

Aug 17, 2021
How My Hometown Homie Makes Me Feel Beautiful

In any serious picture of me, I am not comfortable enough to look directly into the lens. I don’t know if I will ever be.

Aug 12, 2021
Three Asian Adoptee Poets Reflect on Craft, Adoption, and Anti-Asian Violence

Tiana Nobile, Ansley Moon, and Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello chat about poetry, their experiences of being Asian American adoptees, and more

You Don’t Look Like an Ahmed

“Ahmed, eh,” says my Uber driver. “Quite a burden you carry, with a name like that.”

Aug 05, 2021
Midcentury Modern

I find myself looking at the same memories with new eyes now that you’re gone.

Aug 03, 2021