This excerpt from Hua Hsu’s memoir offers a glimpse into his parents’ generation of immigrants from Taiwan to America, and the faxes they sent to each other about homework, zines, and Nirvana. My parents had fond memories of listening to the station when they were teen-agers, back when it was Armed Forces Radio. In time, […]
Some of us got to stay with our moms or dads. Others did not.
“I am carried, cared for, not yet touched by our culture’s casting of my body as other, as divergent. It is less like memory and more like myth.”
“My future — the vague, all-consuming ideal we’re taught to live for — felt like a more dominant force in my life than my present.”
“She nearly died while fighting a fire. All she could think about was the tragedy of dying while still a virgin.”
Are we sacrificing our childrens’ inner lives by protecting them too much?
Patrick Burleigh carried an extremely rare genetic mutation, which brought on puberty prematurely.
Like all the men in his family, Patrick Burleigh carried an extremely rare genetic mutation, which led to “precocious puberty” and a confusing, challenging childhood in which he experienced dramatic physical changes — like pubic hair — as early as age 2.
Jen Doll comes to terms with her inner teenager … or whatever.
In this essay from our Fine Lines series, raising a teenager of her own offers author A.M. Homes a glimpse into her mother’s experience of raising her.