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Human Parts
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Expression

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

Turns out you don’t need a room of your own in order to write after all

I had always wanted to cook, but my first kitchen, no more than a 6-foot-by-6-foot linoleum-tiled square in my tiny walk-up apartment, stopped me from cooking anything more than couscous salad and the occasional batch of pumpkin muffins. I had always longed for a green thumb, but my first garden was a strip of shady, rocky soil, so I halfheartedly planted a few pansies and basil plants and waited patiently for another house that would have a garden with direct sun. I had always wanted to write, but I didn’t have a room of my own.

For a long time…


Sending a cold email — especially to someone you admire — is a modern leap of faith. You want to strike the right tone: complimentary, brief, earnest. You delete an exclamation point and re-add it two seconds later. No one wants to sound unhinged, but you don’t want to come across as Serious, either.

The beauty of fan mail, or any letter we expect to go unanswered, is that it gives form and intention to our thoughts. It’s an exercise in being direct, even if the person you’re directing your energy toward never sees it. This is why we pen…

Human Parts

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

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