• Lazy Sunday

    A hazy, lazy autumn afternoon lit by slanting sunlight. The day slipped away like water in my hands. I dove in and out of my book, rising periodically to brew another cup of tea, pop popcorn, peel a tangerine. My sister, sprawled on the couch beside me, tapping on her laptop, the clicking of the

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  • This is The Lake

    Warm, hot wind. Waves licking the shore. The flash of an eagle’s wings against its white head and the blue sky. This is the lake. Unforgiving sun. The relief of the shade. The gentle rocking and leaning of the old, groaning dock. Generations of spiders’ webs and swallows’ nests in the paint-flecked eaves. This is

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  • Uncomfortable Art

    The screen dimmed. The credits began to roll. I let out a sigh and untensed my shoulders. Behind us, as moviegoers shuffled out through the rows, I heard dark, muttered comments and one loud “That was the worst movie I’ve ever seen!” We’d just seen “Sorry to Bother You,” a trippy, surrealist movie that starts

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  • The Burden of Beauty

    Alright listen up. I’m here to tell you why makeup is The Worst. Women are expected to wear it. Men are not. Makeup wipes. Squeezing a 0.2mm-thick line of eyeliner onto my tiny hooded eyelids. When all you want to do is rub your eyes but you can’t. “Are you tired?” Capitalism. Contouring is a

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  • Bumping Into Corners

    I was in Dublin, and it wasn’t raining. I was in Dublin, and the sky was clear, and the streets were singing their wily song—the melody that ensnares your heart and beguiles your mind and sends you stumbling through an unfamiliar city—and my gut was ruining everything. We had only a week in Europe—a few

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