Tuesday, June 22, 2021
On Dec. 3, 2019, I turned 29 with that bittersweet feeling of this is it, this is my last year of my 20s. Ever since I turned 26, I had been dreading hitting 30. Blame it on the cultural narrative around women, I guess, which I hope is...
Hy Peskin ArchiveGetty Images The hard truth that I wasn’t going to make it landed on me like a grand piano at age six. Freshly enrolled in an after-school music academy that followed the Suzuki method, I was surrounded by kids who’d already mastered their instruments by my age....
The screens started with ambition. Last April, as the pandemic kicked into high gear and airline prices plummeted, a group of friends and I decided it would be the perfect time to buy tickets for a trip we’d been discussing for months: a Christmas-time vacation to New Zealand...
Amanda Tyler couldn’t have been more excited to clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the summer of 1999. Fresh out of Harvard Law School, she didn’t yet know how much the justice would impact her life—and how close the two would become.“It was a very challenging year...
PhotoAlto/Odilon DimierGetty Images A decade ago, Julie Linzer was just a few months away from graduating from college when she lost more than 20 pounds seemingly overnight. “I’ve always been on the thin side, but I quickly went from being a solid 97 pounds to 73 pounds,” says Linzer,...
An itch, also known as “pruritus,” was once believed to be a kind of pain. We now know that an itch is a discrete sensation equipped with its own neural circuit. An itch, used figuratively is also associated with an urge. “An itch” to do something, is a...
For many of us, the last year was as clarifying as it was challenging, with isolation and grief sharpening our focus on what truly matters. The things we thought made up a life were forcibly supplanted by the things that actually do: it became, quite suddenly, deathly important...
Before the pandemic, Kristen Wilson, 33, was a reluctant gym-goer whose discomfort in fitness environments caused years of unpleasant experiences. In group classes, she’d push herself to the point of pain, overextending because she didn’t want to look out of place among the workout zealots beside her. “Even...
Carly Leahy went into 2020 with a plan: She’d get married to Charlie, her fiancé of nearly two years, and then down the line the two would try to have children. Instead, the 31-year-old co-founder of the reproductive health company Modern Fertility was met with a global pandemic,...
Before her viral essay grappling with the death of her mother and Korean American identity, Michelle Zauner was best known for her work as a musician—she’s released two albums and toured the world with her Philadelphia-based band, Japanese Breakfast. (The band’s third album, Jubilee, is set for release...
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