Naz Riahi recalls her vibrant childhood in a suburb of Tehran, and considers how the harsh realities imposed by the still new Islamic Republic seeped into her family’s life.
Sarah Miller thinks about climate change and other current horrors, and what it’s like just being sad forever.
An entanglement with her shrink-stalking protege teaches Susan Shapiro something about forgiveness.
When she loses a pregnancy, Anna Lea Hand searches in vain for vital advice and information.
In this personal and critical essay, Daisy Alioto reconsiders the nature of architecture while researching window alarms.
Once upon a time, nightlife journalist Michael Musto didn’t set the strongest boundaries with the boldfaced names he covered.
In the face of chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical discrimination, Talia Hibbert turned to tatoos to reclaim ownership of her body.
Ayşegül Savaş calls into question a kind of racism in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and laments the liberal reluctance to rebuke discrimination outright, regardless of its targets.