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LIVED THROUGH THIS

What it’s like to live in a 50 square-foot micro apartment in Seoul

Source: Sim Gyu-Dong, “Goshitel”

In the first week, I broke everything: a $2 plate from Daiso, which I’d loved for its spunky polka-dots. A cylindrical holder for my travel-friendly toothbrush and mini toothpaste. Finally, a precious Royal Albert mug I’d been given as a gift that spring.

Crash.

I looked numbly at the elegant…

LIVED THROUGH THIS

Living with ALS has changed the way people perceive me, and it’s disconcerting

Back when I was in elementary school, there were always kids who were pariahs. Kids with certain kinds of deformities, or speech impediments, or habits of drooling. We knew we were not supposed to mock these kids, and so we didn’t taunt them openly, but we shunned them in subtle…

LIVED THROUGH THIS

20 years later, the aftereffects still linger in my life and the lives of others

South tower collapse | 9/11 Historical and Digital Archives | Thomas Nilsson, Getty Images

I was hungover when the phone rang.

The night before, I’d been partying with my fraternity brothers, so I answered and immediately hung up. Despite hanging up the call, the rings came once more, so I answered.

“Hello?”

“Benjamin!” The voice was frantic on the other end. …

Lived Through This

I’m obsessed with all the numbers that mark the time that Ana was alive.

Ana, age 14 — Photo by Chloe Mosbacher (Ana’s cousin)

There are 3,289 members in a Facebook group that exists for parents who have lost children to cancer.

Each member represents a child who died from a disease that is underfunded and misunderstood, a child whose photo is decorated with a gold ribbon (or not). …

LIVED THROUGH THIS

What I gained and what I lost

Me at age five, when I renamed myself “Jane.” Photo courtesy of the author

The summer after kindergarten, I went by “Hot Stuff.”

I was still “Hyo-Sung” when I woke up on the first morning of day camp to pull my favorite yellow T-shirt over my head. My mother had made sure it was washed the night before even though our portable washing machine…

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