On Coming of Age and Sexual Identity: Darling Nikki

“How does a girl figure out, amidst the crushing misogyny all around her, how to pick out the avenues that will prove most emancipatory, pleasure-giving, and life-sustaining? I’m sorry to say that this skill remains as urgent now as it ever was, so maybe I have “Purple Rain” to thank for that, too.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 2, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,645 words)

Love, Identity, and Genderqueer Family Making

Maggie Nelson blends memoir and critical theory to explore the meaning and limitations of language, love, and gender in this excerpt from “The Argonauts.”.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 1, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,137 words)