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  1. book excerpt
    What My Toddler’s Nom-Noms Taught MeOn a trip to the grocery store one day, I had an epiphany about me, my son, and the meaning of life.
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    My Neighborhood, After the ShootingIn texts and calls, my neighbors and I checked in on one another, wondering, Why Sunset Park?
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    The Life I GrewDoctors said my disability would make it impossible to get pregnant. I was 5 months along when I realized the truth.
  4. first person
    What White Men Say in Our AbsenceTheir darkest thoughts on Asian women have obsessed me for years. With the spike in violence against us, my private fear has become a public one.
  5. power
    My Journey out of UkraineRussia’s invasion has forced 10 million Ukrainians to leave their homes. I saw firsthand how difficult it is to reach safety.
  6. celebrity
    We Still Don’t Know How to Talk About KanyeAs someone who shares his diagnosis, it’s clear recent coverage misses a big part of the story.
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    My High-Risk Son Shouldn’t Have to Risk His Life for SchoolJack has cystic fibrosis. Virginia’s attempt to ban school mask mandates puts him in danger.
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    I Didn’t Start Weight Lifting Because I Wanted to Be StrongI was still obsessed with dieting. But eventually, I saw what I’d been missing.
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    The First Time Was Terrifying. Now, It’s Just Excruciating.My family’s second bout with COVID might be worse.
  10. self
    I’m Tired of Explaining Why I Don’t DrinkWe have to expand our language beyond “sober.”
  11. book excerpt
    This Boy We MadeThe day motherhood divided into Before and After.
  12. nervous state
    How Mindful Masturbation Got Me Through 2021When my usual form of stress relief stopped working, I had to get creative.
  13. first person
    Why Did I Think Ketamine Could Cure Me?It seemed like a miracle drug. At least for a while.
  14. nervous state
    The Anti-Mantra for 2022These four words will hit you like a loving slap in the face.
  15. nervous state
    Will My Money Anxiety Ever Go Away?After a tumultuous year, I’m not sure I want it to.
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    What I Learned From Pretending to Be Rich and Cool OnlineAs a new student at a mostly white, affluent school, I didn’t have a community. Until I found the message board.
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    Will My Tigrayan Family Ever Really Be Free?In 1990, we escaped from a Sudanese refugee camp. Now my father is trapped in Tigray again.
  18. power
    What About the Missing Women Who Look Like Me?As a Native woman, I’ve lost so many loved ones to predatory men. None of them received the media coverage they deserved.
  19. first person
    When I Feared My FatherHe made my childhood chaos. Now I can see the wounds we both share.
  20. 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.
  21. 9/11: 20 years later
    The Patriot Act and MeAs a kid, I tried out photography. Then the FBI searched my home.
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    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.
  23. first person
    I Dated My Entire Quarantine PodOur polyamorous fivesome kept me sane during the pandemic. Then the world opened up again.
  24. the first rule
    Fight Club Spoke to MeTwenty-five years later, a novel that shouldn’t have resonated still does.
  25. everybody hurts
    The Diary of a Teenage AdultPandemic dating made me feel feelings I hadn’t felt in years.
  26. first person
    Ballet LessonsYears after I quit, I’m still plagued by my own relentless perfectionism.
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    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.
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    Those Were the Days of Our LivesThis generation will never know the true freedom — and neglect — of being an ’80s kid.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. first person
    The Anxiety of Growing Up Asian AmericanAs the child of Indian immigrants, I was never as free as my peers.
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    The Version of Myself My Mother KnewThe more milestones I reach without my mom, the further from her I get.
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    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.
  34. black lives matter
    I Should Only Know Ma’Khia From TikTokHer hairstyle tutorials offer a glimpse into the life she could have led.
  35. first person
    My Hijab Has Always Been My ChoiceI’m not voiceless, and neither are the Muslim teen girls France wants to silence.
  36. first person
    Was That Racism?I ask myself this question almost every day.
  37. in memoriam
    The Resilience of DMXPeople with out-of-this world talent are no less prone to addiction.
  38. first person
    I Became Asian When I Left AsiaWho do we mean when we refer to the ‘Asian American community’?
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    I Used to Want a ‘Normal’ FamilyA beloved pet helped me see my parents in a whole new light.
  40. first person
    Seeing Myself in WandaVisionI know what it’s like to work overtime to fit in.
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    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.
  42. reasons to love new york
    Farewell to BBar, Where I Was Still Hung-over from the ’90s“It existed in a zone unimaginable in Manhattan today.”
  43. 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.
  44. first person
    My Therapists Were Right About UncertaintyFaced with actual, persistent chaos, I’ve realized there was never a way to outpace danger.
  45. first person
    A Recipe Gets You Only So FarChasing intangible feelings, in and out of the kitchen.
  46. alas
    I Have Come to the Humiliating Conclusion That I Am an ExtrovertIt seems I do miss other people.
  47. 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.
  48. all in the family
    How I Stopped Ghosting My FamilyThis year, I learned to do what my mother once did for me.
  49. first person
    Aching for AbolitionAs a survivor of sexual violence, I know prison isn’t the answer.
  50. first person
    I Never Expected Justice for Breonna TaylorHow can this realism make way for hope?
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