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body tell all

It’s a scary time to have a uterus in America. Yet, the idea of putting a foreign metal thing into your body as a means of resistance is somewhat unsettling. When I first heard about intrauterine devices (IUDs) in the wake of Donald Trump’s election this past November, the idea summoned images of excruciating pain,…

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“i was writing the monster out”

i. WRITE On Saturday morning, I woke up with a certainty: There is a monster inside of me that spills out through my handwriting. When I started learning Japanese, I thought, for a page or two, that my cryptic handwriting was language-specific. My very first scribbles in Japanese foreshadowed the later revelation that to write…

To Bottle a Memory

A Brown Bucket List

“Young man, you keep your nose clean.” My friend Mike shifted uncomfortably on the hard plastic seat. The old lady with frizzy, grey hair sitting next to him glared. “You hear me? Stay away from that nasty stuff,” she said, shaking her finger right under his nose. Mike, fidgeting even more now, nodded, his head…

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Love and Crime in the Mountains

In a Year of Mixed Feelings, the Sundance Film Festival’s All-Over-the-Map Programming

The news that An Inconvenient Sequel, the decade-later follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, would be opening the 2017 Sundance Film Festival came only shortly before the first day, but the pick seemed fitting considering the line-up’s general doom and gloom with twinges of hope and humor. By contrast to its predecessor, Sequel…

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Dating Today, Part 2

What have I done?

PART 2: THE TIME I FELL IN LOVE One of my friends called me the other day to tell me about the forbidden affair she is having with her TA. “We went out to dinner,” she exclaimed. “I think I’m in love.” She is not in love. One knows when one is in love. I…