How Did I Catch the Coronavirus?
For the majority of the nearly five million COVID-19 cases across the United States, the point of infection is unknown.
The Whispered Spell of the Clavichord
A cherished friend and a historic keyboard instrument have given me a new way of listening.
July 28, 2020
Breonna Taylor Can’t Tell Her Story of Police Abuse, but I’m Here to Tell Mine
I can’t remember exactly how many seconds passed before I saw the other police officer, crouched on the stairway, with an assault rifle pointed directly at my chest.
July 22, 2020
The Two Sides of the Bowery
In the nineteen-seventies, you would see crime, drugs, and dead bodies on the infamous strip; you might also spot Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, or the founding members of Talking Heads.
July 19, 2020
Living Through Turbulent Times with Jane Austen
How six unexpectedly far-ranging novels carried me through eight years, two births, one death, and a changing world.
July 17, 2020
What Is Distance Learning For?
Ms. V did this with eighteen kids, every single day. How hard could it be for us to do it with one kid, our own?
July 17, 2020
The Purpose of a House
For my daughters, the pandemic was a relief from race-related stress at school. Then George Floyd was killed.
June 25, 2020
Growing Up with Juneteenth
How a Texan holiday became a national tradition.
June 19, 2020
The Way I Ate
I tried to be the perfect teen-age girl. But I was also a troubled one, and the dark part of my adolescence became its heart.
June 13, 2020
The Riddle of Solitude in the Age of the Coronavirus
As a writer, I’ve always craved time alone. But the pandemic has shown me that not all solitude is created equal.
May 16, 2020