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Introspection

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What does it mean to involve yourself in the boundaries of someone else’s desires?

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The Silence Between Us

To think of all these little moments that create the lives we lead. How different our lives become with every choice that is made. I marvel at the things not said. The untold stories floating silently in the air.

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Check Boxes

When Datamatch asked whom he was interested in matching with, he clicked “women” and moved on to writing a joke for his bio.

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Why Do We Want Who We Want?

It seems like, even 40 years after the sex wars, “sexual preference” is often treated as inviolably personal and therefore immune from scrutiny. What if the new standard was to insist that no, you’re not allowed to hold any set of desires without explaining why?

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Ten Steps Ahead

It was always a source of comfort to tread those paths, racing my sister through the balmy summer air, narrating a book in intricate detail to my mother, or laughing as we slipped on ice in the winter.

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Moon and Tree

Every night growing up in Aurora, Ill., Maya S. Bhagat took a walk with her parents.

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The Island Vibe Fix

The last time I saw Uncle George, I was weeding his taro patch, and I was slightly unhappy with him.

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A Thousand Words

With every frame, I freeze less than 1/200 of a second. Bright blue smoke spills from the canister, enshrouding Butch — skull and all — in a thick, morphing cloud.

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Sophia M. Higgins wants to transcend.

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Further Realms: Becoming Unbounded

I want to transcend — close my eyes here and arrive somewhere else.

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Save a Seat for Me in Hell

Everyone has that “thing” that makes them stick out. As an atheist, mixed-race, nerdy 10-year-old living in “Pennsyltucky,” I had more than a few “things,” but growing up in Amish Country, it was my lack of religion that most obviously separated me from my peers.

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Imprepster

I window shop for a middle name too. I spend so much time on babynames.com that I feel like an expectant mother. Elizabeth, Isabella, Valerie—I try them on in my mouth, in doodled script, in the mirror with my best ‘ello guvnah accent.

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The Way Things Linger

The story hit like a slap, but the after-burn lasted for days. I didn’t talk about it. None of us did.

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Sign Me Up for Fatherly Affection

So I have the important decision to make. Do I tell my dad the truth and dash his efforts out of convenience like some heartless beast, or do I endure a barrage of spam emails for the sake of deepening our familial bond?

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