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Bodies and Minds

On Colonoscopies and Community: A Pandemic Essay

American butts are exceptional. They must be. It should be no surprise that during a national health emergency, we look so far inside ourselves,...

Theoretical Potty

  The toy industry, which sells upward of $27 billion a year in the U.S., determines what children will play with—be it plastic cars, crying...

An Archive of Reckless Touch

My palm in her hand, a friend reads the creases. She’s impressed with my even lines and soft skin. I’m balanced between earth and...

American Pastoral

1. In 1915 my great grandfather, Dennis Dwyer, entered a church raffle. Against all odds, he found himself holding the winning ticket for a brand-new...

The Poetry of the Future

  On January 20, 2021, American poetry in public came back in style.  We do not mean that poetry came back into fashion.  We mean...

Why Did Bridgerton Erase Haiti?

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels are mostly populated with white people like the regency-era England where they take place. The London of Shonda Rhimes’s Bridgerton...