Essay

The Swimming Pool Library

This summer, I assigned myself the task of swimming home, moving through the neighborhoods and communities that, side by side, would bring me back to myself.

Good Faith

How queer BDSM and sex work helped me to refuse an inheritance of indoctrination.

The Disneyland of Death

Described as a theme park necropolis, Forest Lawn Cemetery created a new template for posthumous culture in North America.

Real Autism

In my diagnosis, I saw the first irrefutable proof of myself. But so many others saw a referendum on what it means to be atypical.

My Mother’s Disappearances

Children like me, whose parents suffer from mental health issues, often become invisible ourselves.

Divining the Secrets of Human Connection

Searching for a meaningful bond among those who are paying to find it. 

What A Bullet Can Do

A shot from my father’s gun killed our neighbor and traced a trajectory through decades of guilt, shame, fear and anger. Unraveling the moment my family calls “the accident.”

Life and Death Online

As more and more friendships are built virtually, we must confront the nuances of grieving someone you’ve never met in person. 

Entrance Not For Everybody

Berlin sparked my curiosity about secret spaces, rooms accessible only through hidden doors. But even magic theaters for madmen are more interesting when someone is with you.

Searching for the Self-Loathing Woman Writer

Did these women hate themselves, or did they write about a world that hated them?