December 4, 2017

dark lord of the rainbow

When you’re nine, your grandmother tells you the story about the Rainbow Ballroom to scare you. She tells you the story while she makes you a Shirley Temple right before bedtime. She uses a tiny glass jar instead of a cup. The way the story goes...

November 22, 2017

      In Retiro Park, Madrid, one mid-afternoon in late September, I gazed up at the statue of the Fallen Angel all tangled and disgruntled on his plinth. His wings splayed out at strange angles and his mouth contorted in pain. I felt I was witness to the aftermath not...

October 23, 2017

 (Gif from The Company of Wolves)


I walk as if the world has robbed me of a favor. It's getting late and I head into the woods where there are bears. Bears smell blood and so I turn myself into a boy.

I succeed in laying my head on my lap and I realize I was born on a...

January 16, 2017

Absence Seizure: lapses of awareness, sometimes with staring. They begin and end abruptly, lasting only a few seconds. More common in children. Absence seizures can be so brief that they sometimes are not detected for months.


January 16, 2017

My three sisters and I shared everything—toys, hair barrettes, school supplies, you name it. Once our mother even tried to get us to swap the same pair of retainers, but we quickly learned that not everything can be shared. Frugality has its limits, at least so far as...

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