The Ego Abyss of Online Dating

I have been navigating the hell that is internet dating for the past two years. Like everyone who has tried Bumble or Tinder or Plenty of Fish or one of the other billion dating apps/sites, I have amassed stories of men saying weird things or dates going strangely....

Short Stories for the Long Summer

The first collection of short stories you should read this summer is Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ Heads of the Colored People and you should read it now, immediately; stop with the rest of these summer recommendations because this book is that urgent and critical....

The Required Violence of Men

During professional development, I found myself sitting cross-legged on the floor of the staff bathroom, tears blurring my vision and my entire body shaking. There are a lot of things you don’t expect when you enter teaching: the late nights, the minimal pay, the...

One of Those People

I never took a pill without a prescription. Each month, I gave my two forms of ID to the pharmacist and signed for my script. If I couldn’t take my medicines, I’d cry and rage and whimper. I was addicted to opiates, accidentally. I didn’t know how to survive without...

You Day

I was walking through the grocery store last weekend when I saw in my periphery a greeting card with a pug on it. I grabbed my partner’s arm and said “Look! Look at that pug!” and when I swung back around I felt my stomach hurl itself down my knees to the sweat-slick...

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