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Bodies and Minds

Mare’s Hair

Note: Spoilers for Mare of Easttown and also The Holiday Here’s an important and (as far as I can yet tell) unaddressed question for Mare of...

In Praise of Dog Books

Last March, when the world went into quarantine, I began losing weight and reading about dogs. My partner, meanwhile, made sourdough, Caesar salad, and...

Charlotte Brontë’s OCD

The year I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was the same year I discovered Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Villette. Lucy’s story is, like mine,...

Texts From Dr. Cristina Yang

I hear a knock, then a sharp whistle. The whistle will be followed by a noise I have no words for, a sound so...

Pleasure-y Guilts: Little Debbie Zebra Cakes

The two women who loved me best taught me to hide food from my father as though he’d pull down the rafters to punish...

Pleasure-y Guilt: Taylor Swift

In honor of the publication of Arielle Zibrak's Avidly Reads Guilty Pleasures, Avidly is running a series of essays on "Pleasure-y Guilts" — "The...