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  1. book excerpt
    The Worst Friend Date I Ever HadI was hoping she was in the market for a new bff.
  2. coronavirus
    Walking the Dog Is the Only Time I Feel SaneNothing is the same, except for her.
  3. coronavirus
    I’m in the High-Risk 2 Percent. It’s Exhausting.A rare disease means I’m always ultracareful about infection contact. This is my nightmare scenario.
  4. science of us
    The Very Soothing Sensation of The SimsSometimes I’m tempted to take better care of my Sims than myself.
  5. coronavirus
    ‘Don’t Worry’ Is an Act of SelfishnessWhat happens when coronavirus hits an area where worry is considered unfashionable?
  6. first person
    Cheating on My ParentsMy own abusive mother and father were being replaced, and they knew it.
  7. first person
    Replaying My ShameThirteen years later, what happened at Gawker isn’t going away.
  8. new emotions
    That Feeling When Your Fight-or-Flight Response Has No FightThere’s a vague sense of humiliation that accompanies an instinctual retreat from a perceived danger.
  9. new emotions
    That Feeling When a Minor Problem Seems Like the End of the WorldI knew I wasn’t facing a tragedy, but my feelings disagreed.
  10. new emotions
    That Feeling When You Share Your Deepest Secrets With a StrangerThere’s an unfettered closeness that comes from spending an intimate night with someone while knowing that you won’t see that person again.
  11. new emotions
    That Feeling When You’re Haunted by Online EmbarrassmentsChagrinternet is the lingering feeling of minor humiliation endemic to participating in social life online.
  12. new emotions
    That Feeling When You Bond With Someone Over Feeling the Same PainIt’s not Schadenfreude (damage plus joy). Instead, it’s Freundeschaden (friend plus damage).
  13. new emotions
    That Feeling When Humiliation From Years Ago Hits You All Over AgainYou lie in bed, your mind blissfully empty, when suddenly you are awash with rembarrassment — the feeling of eyes on you from 20 years ago.
  14. new emotions
    That Feeling When You’re Nostalgic for a Time You’d Never Want to ReliveThe general miasma of happy days is rich, but thinking about times of sorrow is what’s really stirring.
  15. new emotions
    That Feeling When It’s 3 a.m. and Your Demons Start TalkingNocturnal admissions are the insidious feelings of self-recrimination that take over your brain in states of middle-of-the-night semi-consciousness.
  16. new emotions
    That Feeling When Another Woman Hypes You UpVeiled in compliments is the same message over and over again: Keep going.
  17. testing testing
    Mommy Can’t Talk Right Now — She’s Dopamine FastingI tried the Silicon Valley trend and came up with a better idea.
  18. first person
    When I Moved to Saudi Arabia as a Kid, Boxing Saved MeI was furious and isolated. Then I discovered Muhammad Ali.
  19. first person
    The Great Ghosting of 1985I was in high school, and I had no idea what was happening.
  20. first person
    The Healthiest Baby I’ve Ever HadHere we go again, I thought, after the doctor told me there was a problem.
  21. obituary
    What Elizabeth Wurtzel Was Really LikeMy friend Elizabeth Wurtzel was everything we weren’t supposed to be.
  22. let's stay together
    Breaking Up Only Made Us CloserOnce we had nothing left to lose, we were finally honest.
  23. let's stay together
    I Planned On Dying AloneThen I realized how comfortable love could be.
  24. first person
    I Almost Died on the Way to Mr. Darcy’s EstateAn accidental journey to an unexpected destination.
  25. let's stay together
    I Met My Husband When I Was 22 and WildHow did I make the decision that truly mattered?
  26. first person
    I Love Only Six Things, and I Lost One of ThemAfter less than a year with a beloved object, I seem to have cast it about on the street.
  27. let's stay together
    I Thought I Wanted to Go It AloneMy toughness was my everything, until I fell in love.
  28. let's stay together
    My Wife’s Enemies Are Now My Enemies, TooNo one tells you about the other in-laws you acquire when you get married.
  29. book excerpt
    My Failed First Day As a CamgirlThere I was, decked out in lingerie, and this dude wanted to talk about pool maintenance.
  30. first person
    The Night She Almost Killed YouIn an excerpt from her new memoir, Carmen Maria Machado begins to realize that her dreamy relationship is actually a nightmare.
  31. self discovery
    Life After ModestyThe past is always just one blouse away.
  32. relationships
    Darkness on the Edge of CougartownWhat no one tells you about dating a younger man.
  33. testimonials
    Coming Forward About Sexual Assault, and What Comes AfterTwenty-five people who reported sexual assault and harassment talk about what happened after they spoke up and everyone else moved on.
  34. close friends
    The Story of Caroline Calloway & Her Ghostwriter NatalieSeven years after I met the infamous Instagram star, I’m ready to tell my side of the story.
  35. aging
    Gray Lady Among the Gray BabiesI went gray because I’m old. What’s your excuse?
  36. experiments
    A Marxist Hack to Spice Up Any RelationshipGetting paid for chores is not just for kids.
  37. first person
    Rick Springer Was an Activist in the World, a Terrorist at HomeMy stepfather was famous because he wanted to stop nuclear bombs, but privately he made our lives a war zone.
  38. first person
    Yearning for a Blessing From Toni MorrisonWorking with her at Princeton, I was always awestruck by her presence.
  39. remembrances
    What I Learned As Toni Morrison’s Personal AssistantToni taught me, “if you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”
  40. first person
    Donald Trump Assaulted Me, But He’s Not Alone on My List of Hideous Men“I made a list of hideous men in my life. It includes the president — who assaulted me in the dressing room of Bergdorf Goodman 23 years ago.”
  41. first person
    The Best Abortion EverIn the rural county where I live, it used to be impossible to get an abortion. The year I was 41, I needed two of them.
  42. book excerpt
    The Same Story About My MomI am good at stories. I’m also good at indignation.
  43. rainbow brites
    Beige Makes a Case for ItselfIn an exclusive first-time interview.
  44. millennials
    Outsourcing AdulthoodCan you ever really grow up if you don’t do anything for yourself?
  45. first person
    After a Week of Heartbreak, a Parkland Parent Speaks“The community is on edge.”
  46. self reflection
    Should I Give My Daughter Dreadlocks?The idea of my little girl having the same style as me is tempting.
  47. first person
    Should I Stay Pregnant?For me, being pregnant again means being willing to end it.
  48. first person
    ‘I Didn’t Want the Killer to Take Everything From Me.’Two mothers of school-shooting victims remember what it was like.
  49. first person
    I Posted the Viral Photo of Angelina Jolie Selling Dog Treats With Her KidsOn the picture that made me reconsider fame, including my own.
  50. it's all relative
    What Brought My Adoptive and Birth Families TogetherLoss showed me the bridge between the two.
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