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Personal essays are a writing form that has always resonated with me deeply, especially ones that reveal darknesses we may or may not have fully come to terms with. So many people reached out to me after our first essay collection, Unlove Me, that I realized there is such a hunger for stories like this. My hope for these collections is they provide an outlet for writers who are just getting their bearings, or...
Every day for a week before I graduated from college, I cried violently into the night. These tears were neither nostalgic nor cathartic--I wasn’t lamenting the best-four-years-of-my-life now at a close. I felt no better for my foggy glasses and soggy cheeks. No, I sniffled my way out of these bouts of despair as unsatisfied and guilty as I felt sniffling into them. Crying isn’t going to make my parents love each other again,...
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,...
Anyone who either cannot lead the common life, or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. -- Aristotle For months I would wake up, stare up at the ceiling, and think: I cannot believe I am still here. I'd pull the covers up to my nostrils, freezing, because there was no central heating in my home in Japan. The height...

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