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“Every testimony, every coming-out story, attempts a transformation of life. But narration is not life itself, exactly, or its transformation; it is a cocooning.”

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I’m Never Fine

“As a proponent of transparency, especially one who stands in opposition to the demonization of feeling, I can’t—I won’t—use the word anymore.”

Age, Sex, Location

Chatrooms taught me everything I needed to know about what real people were like before I had to grow up and become one of them.

Big Love

There are many kinds of love stories. This one involves a woman and an elephant, and the bond between them spanning nearly 50 years.

All True At Once

You made a fool of the words “feminine” and “masculine” — you were neither, you were both. 

Bad Tape

What I learned about judgment from a car thief, a bank robber, and a mysterious VHS.


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