I rode my bike to Ridgewood, Queens, where Clement was already outside rolling a cigarette.
There’s something regenerative about a wildfire; many ecosystems have grown to depend on them, and they’re good at clearing out the moldy, dead stuff at the bottom of the forest.
Once a woman gets her audience, she learns that what is generic is replaceable. She is made to feel her qualities are not unique. But without them, she would be invisible. She would never have gained seventy-eight million followers.
My dad is 92 years old. Despite age, Pops is doing well. He drives like a youngster. I believe he drives better than me. I’m old too, by the way. Each morning, he negotiates crossword puzzles and gives them what-for. It’s a rare occasion when he asks for my help. “Whip It band?” He […]
My nursing career began in a pandemic. As a student nurse, I was assigned a clinical rotation on the HIV/AIDS unit at the former Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. At that time, before fully funded research and clinical trials and antiretrovirals, there wasn’t much more we could do for our patients beyond comfort care. So you […]
More than a year into the pandemic, the world remains caught in the grip of a bleak future. That has brought uncertainty, isolation, and, for an unfathomable number of us, the end of everything we have ever known. It has been harrowing and relentless, exacerbated by the fact that we have been severed from one […]
In the spring of 1981, New Wave group the Necessaries piled into their tour van and set out from New York City toward Washington D.C. to play a gig with R.E.M. At the time, they were signed to the Warner Brothers subsidiary Sire Records, had just finished their first studio album, and were well-received by […]
“Your skills are not what we need at this time.” Five years ago, my boss, Laura, not her real name, terminated my employment with these words. Face-to-face in an office the size of a coat closet, sat this middle-aged white woman, Chief Development Officer at the foundation, and I, former Director of Cause Marketing and […]
You might not expect an action film to have drawn Gina Prince-Bythewood’s interest, but she was eager to tackle it.
Before going to Korea, I hated being Asian. Growing up in a very white community didn’t help either. I grew up where we rarely learned about other cultures, and when we did, I was beyond anxious. I thought of myself as being white, and when someone brought up my being Asian, I would be so […]