Loneliness and Love in the Time of Capitalism: A Conversation on Modern Romantic Relationships

I’m no stranger to the institution of marriage. I’ve attended nine weddings in the past five years alone, with each passing year seeing an exponential uptick in letterpress invitations as I inch closer to my thirties. And yes, I even had one of my own when I married my current partner of almost a decade, … Continue reading Loneliness and Love in the Time of Capitalism: A Conversation on Modern Romantic Relationships

On Love, Or How I Turned My Decade-Long Mental Health Journey into a Listicle

Part Four of the Dinner Party Special Edition Outtakes & Excerpts Series. Dear readers, may I present to you, a rather incomplete, but no less impressive list of various things that happened when I finally decided to stop hating myself: Relatives started asking if I got taller because I wasn’t slouching in an attempt to will … Continue reading On Love, Or How I Turned My Decade-Long Mental Health Journey into a Listicle

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Part Two of the Dinner Party Special Edition Outtakes & Excerpts Series. I’m back in the San Gabriel Valley to have dinner with a good friend. Ivy—she’s just moved back from two years teaching English in Korea, and she’s living temporarily in our hometown of Arcadia while contemplating her next move. I live only about … Continue reading SGV

Coping Isn’t the Goal: Jameela Jamil and the Violent Narrative Against Women’s Bodies

On a cold November morning halfway through my sophomore year of high school, I was sitting in a hospital examination room feeling an acute sense of relief when a doctor told me I was not allowed to go out for basketball season. I’d lost too much weight to make physical activity viable. This relief was … Continue reading Coping Isn’t the Goal: Jameela Jamil and the Violent Narrative Against Women’s Bodies