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Prez Sleazy and His Taxes

Prez Sleazy and His Taxes

We’re asking lots of questions. You’re telling lots of lies! The boys are in the backroom taking Russian bribes— are in the tower that looks over Central Park. You must release your tax returns. Don’t leave us in the dark!

Living with ADPKD

Living with ADPKD

“Oh, by the way, you have a fatal genetic disease” on Nightingale Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease is the most common fatal genetic disease. Eventually my kidneys would fill up with cysts and then they would fail. I now had my own awareness ribbon—a thing I never wanted—like red for HIV/AIDS or pink for breast cancer. Mine was teal.

Comic Sans Essay on Narratively

Comic Sans Essay on Narratively

My essay on Comic Sans and my sister’s experience with dyslexia was republished on Narratively. Both upon the publication in Narratively and in The Establishment, I got amazing responses from teachers/professors saying they were going to modify their uses of fonts to be more friendly to students with dyslexia, or that they were going to be more permissive in what fonts they would accept work in. Not everyone wants to use Comic Sans and that’s ok! One professor said he…

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A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles

A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles

My aunt has breast cancer and is in the final stage of her life. On the way down to see her in New Mexico, I read Lindy West’s Shrill. The memoir focuses on West’s path to becoming a famous humor writer, reflecting on her most famous and controversial essays. Her beloved father’s death from cancer in an intrinsic part of her life, affecting even her reconciliation with her boyfriend and eventual husband. I left the book with my cousin for…

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Profiting Off My Friends

Profiting Off My Friends

I decided I wanted to make a quick buck off of recommending books that I like. I’ll most likely be recommending my friend’s books, so I’ll be profiting off the hard work of my loved ones. But does anyone need a GALLON of glue? Anyone? I’m required to say this somewhere. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and…

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Brides of March and Kristen Schaal

Brides of March and Kristen Schaal

Saturday was Brides of March. EVERY attendee dresses in a wedding dress and we marry public art. I won a dance contest by flailing around and howling like a monster. The prize was an airplane bottle Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire. On our way to Momo’s, April saw a familiar woman. “Is that…?” she asked me. “Looks like her, but I don’t think so,” I said. “Are you…?” she asked the brunette. “Yes,” said Kristen Schaal. “Are you having fun in…

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Hating Comic Sans is Ableist

Hating Comic Sans is Ableist

An essay on my sister, dyslexia, ableism, and the font everybody loves to hate. “For me, being able to use Comic Sans is similar to a mobility aid, or a visual aid, or a hearing aid,” she tells me while we’re both visiting our family in Maryland. “I have other ways of writing and reading, but they’re not like they are for someone who’s not dyslexic.” Hating Comic Sans is Ableist on The Establishment

The Perspicacity of Living with Sparrows

The Perspicacity of Living with Sparrows

There’s not much a non-vet can do for an injured adult bird except put it in a dark quiet place and keep it away from predators. We could give it some birdseed and water if it was a seed-eater (the grosbeak was), but it usually wouldn’t eat under such circumstances (the grosbeak did). This is how I learned the body is its own healer, that good intentions have no physiological power, and that patience is the gateway between celebration and…

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Bear In Heaven at Mississippi Studios, 4/12/12

Bear In Heaven at Mississippi Studios, 4/12/12

Originally published on a blog called Describe the Ruckus. As is typical on a tour, the Brooklyn-based trio Bear In Heaven mostly played songs from their new album I Love You, It’s Cool at Mississippi Studios. The album had only been released nine days before on April 3, so the audience was unfamiliar with the new material except for “The Reflection of You,” which became available before the album as a single accompanied by a dizzying music video with a…

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