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Human Parts
A publication from Medium about humanity: yours, mine, and ours.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

We contain multitudes; should our avatars reflect that?

watercolor of a little blue rounded monster shaped a little like an airplane window. He has triangular teeth in a smiling mouth that extends beyond his body, set close to to the top of the “window,” and a heart, and is wearing red sneakers and waving with stick-figure arms. Hand-lettering in typeface script reads “hi. this is bunt.”
illustrations Yi Shun Lai


FICTION

A short story by the author of the collection “The Cult In My Garage”

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

The lessons she taught me play a part in all the fiction I’ve ever written

Photo: Elia Pellegrini/Unsplash


EXPRESS YOURSELF

You never know when you’ll find the encouragement you needed

Photos courtesy of MelissaShook.com


Express Yourself

Sometimes the lessons you learn from writing a book aren’t quite what you expected

illustration by author


Express Yourself

Language’s sordid history with words that contradict themselves

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Express Yourself

Oxford says the origins of ‘yikes’ are unknown, but could it be traced back as far as Latin?

A dilapidated one-story building with “yikes” graffittied over a window, behind a chain-link fence.
Photo: Michael Coghlan via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0


Express Yourself

Shame is probably the biggest obstacle for writers. Here’s how to confront it.

Quirky photo symbolizing writer’s block. Person sitting at typewriter with a bunch of crumpled paper.
Photo: Drew Coffman/Flickr


Express Yourself

Our need to give things simple names leaves out a lot of nuance

Fish illustration by melissa toldy
is this a fish?

“When you actually examine the range of life on Earth, it takes a lot of acrobatics to sort it into a single hierarchy with humans at the top.” — Lulu Miller, Why Fish Don’t Exist


Express Yourself

There’s something to be said about saying nothing

Photo: CSA Images/Getty Images

Human Parts

A publication from Medium about humanity: yours, mine, and ours.

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