• nina yuchi

    drag

    a love story

    March 11, 2021
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    The first seed of my interest in drag was planted during the summer of 2008, when the Olympics came to Beijing. Between the third and fourth ring of the rippling city, my mother, father, big brother and I lived in a small apartment, burning under a sky that was, at the time, still blue. I […]

    patterns of the world

    math, art, and everyday life

    March 6, 2020
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    “My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back I see a pattern.” – Benoît B. Mandelbrot, mathematician, namesake of the Mandelbrot set, my favorite fractal. *** Some days, I wish I’d been a math major. I sincerely thought I’d end up as one, too. I was going […]

    small pieces, big picture

    the healing power of puzzles

    February 28, 2020
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    Two weeks ago, my housemate came back from Boston with a puzzle. It was a staggering thousand pieces because, as she told her dad, we’re smart and capable women who can handle a challenge. The box displayed an intricate map of snaking rivers, pine trees, and log cabins; the top third sported a large bald […]

    to all the friends i’ve loved before

    a series of letters on capital-L Love

    February 14, 2020
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    To All the Friends I’ve Loved Before, I’m not exactly sure how to begin this letter—just like I’m not exactly sure how or why or even when we became “friends.” Was there ever an aha moment, some sort of benchmark we passed before settling into the safe shelter we now enjoy? Did you each make […]

    midnight mumbles

    post- staff has some thoughts

    March 1, 2019
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    Music Lil Pump’s Harverd Dropout: The SoundCloud sensation celebrates turning 18 by ceding creative control of his second album to a boardroom full of middle-aged white men, former Tosh.0 gag writers, and Quavo. Beirut’s Gallipoli: After four albums spent mining the lush textures of Balkan folk music, Zach Condon has dedicated himself to unearthing the […]