In this excerpt from the memoir I QUIT EVERYTHING, the Gen-X writer—a retired drummer and vocalist for several alt rock bands—reflects on the addictive nature of social media, and the liberation of signing off.
Getting older often feels like a rude awakening. But for this writer, who was about to surpass her late mother’s age, the number 39 took on a whole other meaning.
The writer never imagined identifying with Barbie. But Greta Gerwig’s thought-provoking portrait of the doll’s rude awakening of experiencing misogyny in the real world mirrored the author’s own coming-out experience.
Coming of age in the 1970s, this writer never understood why she kept her old IUD all these years. Now she does: Since the Dobbs decision, many GOP lawmakers have set their sights on birth control.
Cis-men dismiss women as hysterical when we tell them our lives are in danger. Then they act surprised when our worst fears are realized.
When it came to delivering a baby, the author learned she had to push the crap out of herself.
Eurocentric ideas of beauty have historically warped the way non-white people evaluate their own physical features.
The daughter of "hard-working immigrant" parents whose lives were devoted to the family business is now a writer who fears turning down an assignment. But only she is considered "ambitious."
People leave New York City all the time. It takes a special brand of narcissism to believe this big-old city cares why you left.
The writer reflects on how to grieve and most faithfully honor the life and work of L.A.-based artist and activist Diviana Ingravallo, who emerged during the AIDS pandemic and died an indirect casualty of COVID, rendered invisible by legacy media.