The Weather

“D’s depression is the weather in our house, except there’s no forecast. Some days we wake to sunny skies, gentle breezes. We talk and laugh. We eat and nap. We watch the baby the way one watches a campfire, not for any particular reason, but because it is there and strangely fascinating in its combination of predictability and surprise… Maelstroms form unexpectedly, seemingly out of nowhere. And on the days they don’t, even when we’re smiling, listening to music, rubbing lotion onto the baby’s chubby arms, I am watching the sky. That fluffy cloud, is it a bunny? Or a dragon? Or a gathering storm?”

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

The Rejection Lab

Alison Kinney visits a Stony Brook University laboratory where the physical and emotional effects of social rejection are studied, and becomes a subject herself.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Sep 4, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,663 words)

Broken Teeth and All

“Teeth. Teeth. Teeth. So many other traumas — Men. Money. Electric fences. — but always, always teeth.”

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Jul 23, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,182 words)

The Optics of Opportunity

Hafizah Geter sets the record straight on outrageous displays of racism and white privilege in a literary fellowship she took part in, after The New Yorker frames the story “as a quirky tale of wealth and nepotism.”

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: Jun 19, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,989 words)

Hysterical! The Body that Bleeds

As she gleefully prepares to undergo a much-needed hysterectomy, Samantha Irby recalls the mess and agony of her menstrual cycle.

Source: Gay Magazine
Published: May 1, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,556 words)