Flesh & Blood

โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง, ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ช๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ.โ€ When N. West Moss finds herself bleeding uncontrollably in the middle of a writing class, she manages to drive herself to the nearest hospital. Doctors are baffled, but eventually a diagnosisโ€”uterine hemangiomaโ€”is rendered and a hysterectomy isContinue reading “Flesh & Blood”

Bad Fat Black Girl

โœจ๐—”๐—จ๐——๐—œ๐—ข๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ชโœจ Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Sesali Bowen learned early on how to hustle, stay on her toes, and champion other Black women and femmes as she navigated Blackness, queerness, fatness, friendship, poverty, sex work, and self-love. Her love of trap music led her to the top of hip-hop journalism, profiling game-changingContinue reading “Bad Fat Black Girl”

The Ghost Marriage

โœจ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž ๐—ง๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅโœจ At thirty-one, Kirsten has just returned to San Francisco from a bohemian year in Rome, ready to pursue a serious career as a writer and eventually, she hopes, marriage and family. When she meets Steve Beckwith, a handsome and successful attorney, she begins to see that future materialize more quickly than sheโ€™d daredContinue reading “The Ghost Marriage”

My Mother, Munchausenโ€™s and Me

โœจ๐—”๐—จ๐——๐—œ๐—ข๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ชโœจ Ten years ago, Helen Naylor discovered her mother, Elinor, had been faking debilitating illnesses for thirty years. After Elinorโ€™s self-induced death, Helen found her diaries, which Elinor wrote daily for over fifty years. The diaries reveal not only the inner workings of Elinorโ€™s twisted mind and self-delusion, but also shocking revelations about Helenโ€™sContinue reading “My Mother, Munchausenโ€™s and Me”

The Angle of Flickering Light

๐Ÿ•ฏ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐Ÿ•ฏ Desperate to find respite from her father’s verbal abuse, his various affairs, and her step-mother’s psychological torment, Gina spent hours doing Jane Fonda’s workouts, smoked cigarettes instead of eating food, and became obsessed with her thinnessโ€ฆ with the notion of fading away. She found solace in restlessness-drinking hallucinogenic mushroom tea and inhaling crushedContinue reading “The Angle of Flickering Light”

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