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Selfie — copyright Gayle Kirschenbaum

I haven’t lived life looking into the mirror much — usually just a passing glance now and then and then a more careful study when I’m trying on clothing to see what fits well together. That’s when I use the full-length mirror. As I mostly don’t wear any makeup only…


Letting go was the first step toward my own well-being

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I never imagined the day I’d abandon my mother.

When I was a kid, I imagined that when I grew up I would be so wealthy I would rescue my mom from my father’s rage. I imagined I would buy her a house right next to mine and we’d live…


Burlesque class taught me to love my body

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For as long as I can remember, I had no confidence in my body. In my mind, I was a large, fleshy pear waddling down the street. Trying on jeans was an exercise in masochism. The sight of my pale thighs glaring even whiter off the fluorescent lights as they…


Our favorite responses to last week’s writing prompt

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Last week, we posted a brief writing prompt on indulgences: gifts we give ourselves with no one’s permission but our own. Here are some of our favorite responses — on solitude, surfboards, and more.

Table for one

“Hello, ma’am, can I ask how many will be dining with you this afternoon?”

“Just the…


A weekend writing prompt

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An hour of staring into space. A bath with magic salts. A penthouse suite in your own city, booked on a Friday night in September. In 200 words or less, describe a moment, object, or unnecessary expenditure you bestow only upon yourself. Something extra. Something luxurious (whatever that term means to you). An indulgence.

This week, we’re trying something new. By Monday, September 23, share your unnecessary indulgence — small, big, or medium — as a response below. Keep it short. We’ll publish a compilation of our favorites in Human Parts.


A weekend writing prompt

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Chronicle an obsession. An infatuation. Something that makes you stare at your phone until your battery dies. A mildly embarrassing all-consuming attraction to an idea, a person, a cultural phenomenon — or an entire fandom you’ve created in your mind. You’d never tell anyone unless they asked you, which they almost never do, so here you are: talking to yourself about that thing, that energy, that overlooked corner of the universe that lights you all the way up.

Publish your story on Medium with the tag “Human Prompt” by Friday, September 20th. We’ll feature our favorite infatuations in Human Parts. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks, assume we’re not featuring your story — but we encourage you to keep it published on Medium nonetheless.


A weekend writing prompt

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It’s fall, which means back-to-school season. In honor of the vaguely scholastic energy you may be feeling right now, take yourself to the School of Living. Your classes? Those are up to you. Audit a course in accepting compliments, or giving them. Enroll yourself in Advanced Forgiveness or Codependence 101 (with subsections for everyone you thought you couldn’t live without). Show us what you need to learn most: the mundane, the frivolous, the borderline life-saving, the un-standardized-testable.

Publish your story on Medium with the tag “Human Prompt” by Friday, September 13th. We’ll feature our favorite scholars in Human Parts. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks, assume we’re not featuring your story — but we encourage you to keep it published on Medium nonetheless.


I know I made the right choice for me and my family — that doesn’t mean I’m not mourning a loss

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It’s the details that make it real: those insignificant gestures, tiny inconsistencies, and forgettable grains of reality that blur into the tapestry of happenings so seamlessly that it’s almost impossible to notice. …


Mouths have teeth

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For six years, I worked at an amusement park. Service jobs tend to ripen you for misanthropy, but there is nothing like putting on a uniform and dehumanizing yourself so that others may enjoy their day, all while listening to the same ten tracks of Africanized park music on a…


A weekend writing prompt

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Check-ins. Desk plants with twee names. The iPad bolted to the conference room door, or your boss’s face staring down at you from a giant TV screen. It’s Labor Day weekend, a time to detach from the construct we know as work — the 9 to 5, the grind, the…

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