personal essays

bars

Why I Don't Like Going to Bars as a Disabled Person

From inaccessible bathrooms to weird looks, drinking with your friends at a pub isn't such a piece of cake.
Spencer Williams
4.5.17
so sad today

I’m Not as Unhinged as I Feel

When I am at the bottom of my psychic well, I seem to know how to love myself intuitively.
So Sad Today
3.23.17
Stuff

Dear Students: A Letter from Your Muslim American Teacher

All the things I should've told my students about being a Muslim and a woman and an American.
Zaina Arafat
11.17.16
Stuff

My Father Was a Child Molester and I Put Him in Prison

As bad a man as my father is, I still struggle with the guilt of placing the man I loved and admired for so long into a cramped, violent cage.
Anonymous
5.19.16
Stuff

Why Katherine Dunn's 'Geek Love' Was a Bible to Weird Kids Like Me

Katherine Dunn died this week, but her work—especially the incredible novel "Geek Love"—spoke to everyone who thought of themselves as an outsider or weirdo.
Molly Crabapple
5.15.16
Stuff

What Happens When a Pessimist Dates an Optimist

It's the end of the world, and I feel fine about feeling wretched. My girlfriend, not so much.
Jordan Foisy
3.29.16
Stuff

What It Was Like to Grow Up Fat

I asked my family what it was like to raise an overweight kid during the childhood obesity epidemic, but it seems no one noticed.
Eternity Martis
3.10.16
Stuff

It Sucks to Be Sober in New Orleans

New Orleans is a land of temptation and sin, and it can be fucking hell if you're a recovering alcoholic.
Megan Koester
2.3.16
Girl Writer

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fuckboys

As both a term and a concept, the fuckboy is wonderful, and he is wonderful for me. Here's why.
Alison Stevenson
12.31.15
Travel

This Is What It's Like to Be in a Plane That Has to Make an Emergency Landing

The cabin is quiet as we make our descent. I'm not a religious person, but I silently pray. As we approach the ground, the only thing I hear is the flight attendant screaming, "BRACE, BRACE, BRACE, BRACE."
Laura Simpson
6.8.15
Stuff

How Horror Movies Helped Me Get Over My PTSD

After my house burned down, horror films gave me back my normalcy. In them I saw my tragedy depicted constantly, reverently, in all sorts of different forms.
Kate Davis Jones
6.5.15
tech

I Spent Two Years Pretending to Be a Model on a Social Network

As an angsty middle schooler, the site Habbo Hotel offered solace. I became one of the social network's "It Girls."
Zoë Klar
5.19.15
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