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  1. first person
    When I Feared My FatherHe made my childhood chaos. Now I can see the wounds we both share.
  2. 9/11: 20 years later
    I Lost My Dad on 9/11. I’m Still Searching for Who He Was.Twenty years later, I’ve started to find him outside of the tragedy that took his life.
  3. 9/11: 20 years later
    The Patriot Act and MeAs a kid, I tried out photography. Then the FBI searched my home.
  4. book excerpt
    Mi Mami Tells Me to Get Out of the SunGrowing up, my Nicaraguan mother worried about the darkness of my skin. But I can’t be held back by colorism.
  5. first person
    I Dated My Entire Quarantine PodOur polyamorous fivesome kept me sane during the pandemic. Then the world opened up again.
  6. the first rule
    Fight Club Spoke to MeTwenty-five years later, a novel that shouldn’t have resonated still does.
  7. everybody hurts
    The Diary of a Teenage AdultPandemic dating made me feel feelings I hadn’t felt in years.
  8. first person
    Ballet LessonsYears after I quit, I’m still plagued by my own relentless perfectionism.
  9. first person
    I Still Worry That I’ll Be NextA lifetime of being taught to fear sexual assault didn’t make it easier for me to call what happened by its name.
  10. book excerpt
    Those Were the Days of Our LivesThis generation will never know the true freedom — and neglect — of being an ’80s kid.
  11. first person
    I Know What It’s Like to Have Your Sanity QuestionedListening to Britney Spears’s testimony reminded me of my own time in psychiatric care.
  12. in memoriam
    Janet Malcolm Couldn’t Escape Being a WriterThe late journalist famously despised her own profession, but she knew it was the best tool she had.
  13. first person
    The Anxiety of Growing Up Asian AmericanAs the child of Indian immigrants, I was never as free as my peers.
  14. first person
    The Version of Myself My Mother KnewThe more milestones I reach without my mom, the further from her I get.
  15. first person
    My Mother in ThereThat was her, in an iPhone, a hospital bed, and my memories, free of her sickness for the first time in 40 years.
  16. black lives matter
    I Should Only Know Ma’Khia From TikTokHer hairstyle tutorials offer a glimpse into the life she could have led.
  17. first person
    My Hijab Has Always Been My ChoiceI’m not voiceless, and neither are the Muslim teen girls France wants to silence.
  18. first person
    Was That Racism?I ask myself this question almost every day.
  19. in memoriam
    The Resilience of DMXPeople with out-of-this world talent are no less prone to addiction.
  20. first person
    I Became Asian When I Left AsiaWho do we mean when we refer to the ‘Asian American community’?
  21. first person
    I Used to Want a ‘Normal’ FamilyA beloved pet helped me see my parents in a whole new light.
  22. first person
    Seeing Myself in WandaVisionI know what it’s like to work overtime to fit in.
  23. first person
    All the Time I Wasted Trying to Please Indifferent MenThe way Christie Smythe blew up her life for love is harrowing, utterly bananas, and perfectly understandable.
  24. first person
    COVID Took My Grandfather. But It Wasn’t What Killed Him.His death, six months into the pandemic, is as political as it is biological.
  25. first person
    My Therapists Were Right About UncertaintyFaced with actual, persistent chaos, I’ve realized there was never a way to outpace danger.
  26. first person
    A Recipe Gets You Only So FarChasing intangible feelings, in and out of the kitchen.
  27. alas
    I Have Come to the Humiliating Conclusion That I Am an ExtrovertIt seems I do miss other people.
  28. all in the family
    My Mother Once Sold Horoscopes to SurviveI’m beginning to understand how the fall of her country prepared her for uncertainty.
  29. all in the family
    How I Stopped Ghosting My FamilyThis year, I learned to do what my mother once did for me.
  30. first person
    Aching for AbolitionAs a survivor of sexual violence, I know prison isn’t the answer.
  31. first person
    I Never Expected Justice for Breonna TaylorHow can this realism make way for hope?
  32. first person
    Are You Aging Correctly?Ask yourself who benefits when women gracefully fade into the background.
  33. power
    Why Did I Think She Wouldn’t Die?I see now that attributing superhuman strength to Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t do her enough justice.
  34. first person
    Rosemary Will Never Smell the SameWe wanted to believe that simmering herbs could protect our lungs from the wildfire smoke.
  35. first person
    Buying Myself BackWhen does a model own her own image?
  36. first person
    Good-bye to Century 21, the Store Where I Grew UpI came of age between your racks.
  37. in memoriam
    A Superhero Who Looks Like UsThe bittersweet thrill of rewatching Black Panther with my 5-year-old daughter.
  38. first person
    How the Hell Are Working Parents ‘Doing This’?I ask myself every day.
  39. first person
    This JuneteenthI want to feel the peace that white people have enjoyed at my expense.
  40. parenting
    The Sacrifice Black Children Shouldn’t Have to MakeThis country prizes Black children’s precocity — insists on it, even, much of the time.
  41. the longest lives
    ‘We Lost Sister Grace on Monday’The sisters of Mount Saint Vincent Convent are praying we learn from this.
  42. documentary
    This 107-Year-Old Viral-Star Grandma Has Some Advice for YouIn her second century, Louise “Nonnie” Bonito is still making meatballs and refusing to dwell on the negative.
  43. life after life
    I Can’t Be Afraid of TouchMy job as a nurse depends on it.
  44. first person
    For Two Months, My Future Included a BabyThen, in early April, I started spotting.
  45. first person
    How Do I Stay Sober Now?It was two weeks into social distancing that I started craving alcohol again.
  46. first person
    Some Questions About My MotherCan I make sense of her death by assuring myself of her life?
  47. life after life
    I Fend Off Grief by Feeding PeopleWhat am I supposed to do now?
  48. coronavirus
    Nannies Tell the Truth About Working During the Coronavirus‘Now that I’m out of isolation, I’m taking care of the whole family unit.’
  49. first person
    The Spaces Between UsWhen friends and neighbors run for the hills, small differences in wealth suddenly loom large.
  50. literature
    Personal Essays EssayPlease, consider the genre with me.
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