Society

Get Fat, Don’t Die

Beowulf Thorne’s cooking column for people with AIDS claimed the right to pleasure, but in each recipe was embedded an urgent appeal.

Where Are You From?

Race-based data has been collected in North America as far back as 1790. But what happens if you don’t fit the categories society is trying to nudge you into?

City of the Mute

To visit Drancy is to confront dark and unsettled questions of who is remembered, who is heard, who can speak, and why.

Magic Eraser Juice

Driving an ambulance in an opioid-torn city in the age of Narcan.

Looking For Home in the Palestinian Diaspora

Talking to poets abroad about their complicated, sometimes fractured relationships with their homeland.

Looking for Women

In Berlin, I watched us queer women watching each other. But nobody seemed to lead anyone inside. Could cruising ever be a part of lesbian culture the way it is for gay men? 

Fatal Naming Rituals

In narratives that hinge on proving our humanness, Indigenous people sit stilled in the role of the described. As the described, our words are pit against us.

The Personal Business of Being Laid Off

I was told getting laid off from my dream job had nothing to do with me, but after I was let go, I felt like I had lost a part of myself that I couldn’t get back. 

A Real Emergency

Ambulance services, at their core, are about transportation. We arrive at the crisis point of a story and we almost never witness its resolution.

What Do We Do With Violent Art?

America’s mass shooting epoch is new, but the specific arguments about the role of video games in generating real violence are an escalation of old, cyclical debates.