Tag: Essay

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What the Hell Am I (And Who the Hell Cares)?

On the perils and rewards of feminism.

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Crossover Potential

A mortuary employee surveys her scene.

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What Was Gay?

An essay on its history and future during a time when “gayness, we are told, is over.”

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The Terrible Things I Learned About My Dad: On Abuse and the People We Love

The author discovers devastating secrets while going through her late father’s belongings.

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The Accident

An essay on a fatal car crash in the author’s youth.

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Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?

“What I had going for me was teen rage, contempt impervious to offers of compromise; the power of the mask capable of turning ice to marshmallow, and all the time in the world, all the ability to sustain it without surrendering.”

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The Next Next Level

An ode to Juiceboxxx, a 27-year-old rapper from Milwaukee no one’s ever heard of.

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Darkness Visible

A novelist’s memoir of depression, whose “intrinsic malevolence” as a disease brought him close to suicide.

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My First Time, Twice

"I realized, as I was going through puberty (early), the necessity of shifting my focus from doing things that would impress my parents and teachers to engaging in behavior that would strike my peers as cool. I started saying 'like' constantly. I smoked pot when I was twelve. I dropped acid when I was thirteen. Losing my virginity was the next logical step."
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That Drifting Place

An ode to Roy Orbison.

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No Man’s Land

Fear, racism, and the historically troubling attitude of American pioneers.

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Damage

"When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small but significant part of me. I blamed my mother. I despised her. I loved her."