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Human Parts
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It was a glorious year

The Last Word Bookstore at night


This Is Us

I used to be known for personal writing. Now I can’t bear it.

Photo: novales5 / Getty Images


Lived Through This

On the powerlessness of wishing for someone else’s recovery

Photo of the dark silhouette of a person walking in front of a pink sunset.
Photo of the dark silhouette of a person walking in front of a pink sunset.
Photo: Jeansman Lee/Flickr


Lived Through This

I don’t believe I know who I am if I’m not special, targeted, marked, hated

Green field.
Green field.
Photo: Lisa Yount/Unsplash


Lived Through This

Insomnia, panic, and salvation through poetry

Closeup of a wolf’s eye with effects that make it look like a human shadow to the right.
Closeup of a wolf’s eye with effects that make it look like a human shadow to the right.
Photo: sandrapeterson/101 Images/Pixabay

May 3


This Is Us

How I researched and wrote a book about my grandfather, Lucille Ball, and the imaginary affair between them

A photo of the author’s grandfather.
A photo of the author’s grandfather.
The author’s grandfather. Photo courtesy of the author.


Express Yourself

We were bad. That was the point.

The band onstage. The bassist is almost naked; the drummer is shirtless & wearing a balaclava, raising his sticks in the air.
The band onstage. The bassist is almost naked; the drummer is shirtless & wearing a balaclava, raising his sticks in the air.
Shitty, circa 1996. Photo courtesy of Davy Carren


Mind Games

Now, I see my former trauma as an opportunity for growth

A selfie photo of the author with short cropped hair.
A selfie photo of the author with short cropped hair.
Photo courtesy of the author.


I’m not the only one who wishes they could hear ‘I’m sorry’

Photo: Simon Jowett/Flickr


They build each other up, mindful that the world will try to tear them down

Billie Eilish onstage at the 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., November 7, 2018. Photo: Laura Todd Carns

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