• narrative

    embodied

    on having needs and making them known (sometimes)

    April 8, 2021
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    The “I Want” Song Throughout my senior year of high school, a friend and I spent hours each week in a local musical theater workshop, where we wrote and staged an original show. Every Tuesday night, we’d arrive at the theater, and the two men who ran the program would look at one another, then […]

    oh, this old thing?

    pastimes from a past time

    April 8, 2021
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    1. The Olivetti Lettera 32 My parents got me an Olivetti typewriter for my birthday. It came from a nice Italian man on the Internet, and the box was swaddled in so many layers of packing tape that it felt like I was handling something classified, or sacred (it was, to me). When I opened […]

    by ourselves, with each other

    books, politics, and the sunshine of strangers

    April 1, 2021
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    I’m sitting outside my public library, you know, the one that issued me a library card when I was eight. I remember that day had been a proud one for me: I had just learned how to write in cursive—crossing my t’s on the dotted middle line, making sure the loop of the lowercase y […]

    pandemic fragments

    notes from 2020

    April 1, 2021
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    January 20, Beijing It was almost noon and the sky was pale brown with rolling sand. Unmasked, I stood at a bus stop on a wide, open road, choking on the Gobi desert as my friend took videos of the empty streets. Three days into Chinese New Year break, we headed downtown to brunch, putting […]

    coffee grounds

    comfort against the cold and other biting sensations

    March 25, 2021
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    The sound: a soft gurgle, a sharp hiss, followed by a steady pit-pat, like rain from a spout. The smell: dark and bitter, yet warm against my nose—second only to the taste, which bites when black and dances when there’s cream.  It’s difficult to pinpoint my first experience with coffee. It might’ve been when I […]