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Bodies and Minds

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...

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...