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“I am, I am, I am,” reads one of the many tattoos Alana Massey uncovers after falling down a late-night Tumblr rabbit hole. The quote is from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, when Esther tries to commit suicide in the bath. And the skin in question belongs to a woman who frequents “the sadder corner of the women’s Internet,” as Massey puts it, an internet subculture that valorizes Plath and dissects the complicated pain...
When the weather is above 40 degrees, I run 4.1 miles down the west meridian of Ocean Parkway, starting at around 4am. The run takes me from my home in Kensington to the boardwalk that connects Brighton Beach to Coney Island and this stretch of Earth to the Atlantic Ocean. Mild weeks in spring are conducive to me making the journey on all seven days of the week; less hospitable winter temperatures incline me...
Plenty of digital ink has been spilled over millennials and their so-called lavish, high-tech lifestyles. The cultural caricatures have been drawn; young, mainly urban creatives and professionals, who came of age first in the early dot-com boom, and later, toting wifi-equipped smartphones and using torrents clients, are portrayed as overgrown teenagers well into their twenties (and even thirties) all over this nation’s cities. While these traits can certainly be found in many of America’s...
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It was the first week of August when I saw you, that time of year when the collective amnesia that we succumb to between June and September is at its least forgiving—when the swamp masquerades as a habitable city and those of us who have neither the sense nor the resources to evacuate do our best to tolerate the layer of grime coating our skin—and any surface unlucky enough to be at the mercy...

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