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Other than this weekend, to my recollection, I have cried only five times in my life due to politics, and three of them were during the last election cycle. That is not because I tend toward the emotionless (quite the opposite), but because I have led a privileged life. I’m from the midwest, I have a supportive family, I am white, I went to college, the end. When we have no visceral sense of what...
At first, starvation makes you high. Lights are always too bright, your surroundings always a little off-kilter. I float into an exam, scribble furiously, and am the first to leave. The second I leave the classroom I can't remember what I've written, but I ace it. One morning I get out of bed, and when I next open my eyes, I'm lying sprawled on the hallway carpet. My sister rushes from her room,...
After losing my brother to a heroin overdose this past fall, I now have an Inside Out-ish perception of how my brain functions. I imagine my mind stocked with little men in khaki jumpsuits, packing cardboard boxes full of memories away on sky-high metal shelving. They work without speaking, both because they share a cosmic sense of purpose and because let’s face it, it’s boring menial labor that doesn’t require much discussion. They pack...

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