personal essay

5.3.19

For Gay Men in Indonesia, There's No Place Safer Than Twitter

It's the only place where we can feel like we belong to a community—but without the pressure of revealing everything about ourselves.

4.10.19

We Don't Need a White Wellness Saviour to 'Fix' Chinese Food

There are real problems with Lucky Lee's framing of an entire cuisine as “unhealthy.”

4.4.19

Getting Sober as a Bartender Means Quitting the Clown Act

I had chosen not to be an artist. I had chosen to be a clown, and I wasn’t happy with it. So I stopped.

3.11.19

My Indian Mother's Refusal to Cook Taught Me Everything About Womanhood and Food

There is plenty to tell about my mother, but no recipes bound and weighted by rituals, no tales of a mother figure carrying the weight of my family’s life at the table.

2.21.19

My Friend Was a Rising Comic. Then He Was Charged with Child Pornography

On betrayal, rage and searching for answers.

1.24.19

The Unapologetically Arab Restaurant That Reminded Me America is My Country, Too

At Dyafa, seeing people enjoying my heritage through food felt like a lifelong cloud of hatred was being lifted.

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1.9.19

Chicken Wings Are My Culture

With every saucy, saturated, ranch-dipped bite, I embrace an act that in the past was used to stereotype and demean Black people such as myself.

10.11.18

I Drank 150 Margaritas in 3 Days and It Wasn't a Great Decision

But also it kind of was?

8.31.18

I Was a Jealous Partner Until I Went on a Swingers Vacation

If you told me a year ago that I'd watch my husband get a blowjob from a stranger and not feel jealous, I'd have laughed in your face.

6.9.18

Anthony Bourdain Made Us All Proud to Be Line Cooks

After Bourdain, we tried to become better—as cooks, as people—and began to reexamine why it was we punched the clock and one another in the dicks.

4.3.18

Alison Mosshart Wrote a Sweet Letter to Go with These Photos of The Kills

She reflects on the duo's time together, and how they ended up playing a 15th-anniversary show in the California desert last year.

2.23.18

Being a 9/11 First Responder Made Me a Fat Vegetarian

Sometimes you remember who you used to be and think, "How did I get here?" It was that motherfucker Osama Bin Laden.

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