Personal Essays

Our Haunted Apartment in Montreal

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twenty years on, the author reflects on being trapped in a vortex of dark energy

From Popula
On October 5, 2022
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Suddenly there were frozen scrambled eggs for breakfast

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I said goodbye to my brother, who wished me luck with eyes flooded with tears, then I left the house, followed by my mother. We took a cab to the airport.

From Popula
On July 8, 2022
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Seven

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Before the Russian officers drove my grandparents out of their house at the end of the war, the German Nazis had driven them out of the house at the start of it.

From Popula
On May 12, 2022
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PIE PERSON

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I am a pie person descended from a lineage of pie people.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 4, 2022
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The High School Reunion (that No One Asked For)

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For the first time in a decade, I will travel one way. I have no clue how long I would stay, and what it meant for the life I had built in the States.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 25, 2022
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JULIAN

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A woman’s pandemic relationship with a cat deepens her humanity.

From Tasteful Rude
On January 24, 2022
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Lagos to Lomé: Reflections on Borders

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All our lives, a series of crossings. The parts of our existence we are often not proud to claim still make up the sum total of our lives.

From Olongo Africa
On January 12, 2022
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A Supreme Fiction

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A meditation on the paintings of the late Jesse Murry

From The Brick House Cooperative
On January 11, 2022
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Consider the Alligator

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I kept thinking about the Celebration Gator.

From Popula
On January 3, 2022
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WHILE IN SEARCH OF MY LATINIDAD, AN ABUSER FOUND ME

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You’ll understand why it confused me when, upon accepting his invitation to meet up with him the following night, he raped me.

From Tasteful Rude
On December 2, 2021
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IN THE AFTERMATH: REFLECTIONS BY SURVIVORS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

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This week, Tasteful Rude publishes a pair of reflections that explore the aftermath of gender-based violence. Tasteful Rude is doing so to counter the continued erasure of survivor-centered narratives, especially those concerning life after harm. We also publish these essays in response to the continued glorification of “cancelled celebrities,” in particular men reported for persistent engagement in gender-based violence and harm.

From Tasteful Rude
On November 30, 2021
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A Naughty Man

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a winter in the Dolomites with my father-in-law

From Popula
On November 23, 2021
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HONORING OUR LITERARY ANCESTORS: ON ARCELIA AND GIOVANNI’S ROOM

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Organizers of Giovanni's Room unite to honor literary ancestors

From Tasteful Rude
On November 12, 2021
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