Personal History
Essays and memoirs.
What if You’d Known We Were All So Crazy?
A diary of 2016—the year of Trump, Brexit, and Carol the fox.
By David SedarisSeptember 30, 2021
My Time with Kurt Cobain
Befriending a rock star isn’t necessarily as cool as you’d think—particularly when tragedy happens.
By Michael AzerradSeptember 22, 2021
Forgetting My First Language
When I speak Cantonese with my parents now, I rely on translation apps.
By Jenny LiaoSeptember 3, 2021
A Father-Daughter Trip on a Cruise for Gay Men
Before he died, of AIDS, we went on vacation.
By Emily Ziff GriffinSeptember 2, 2021
A Better Place
Why the euphemisms? My father did not “pass.” Neither did he “depart.” He died.
By David SedarisAugust 30, 2021
The Thing About Homophobia
We’re baffled by the ghoulishness of it, and by its startling predictability. We also have to live with its consequences.
By Bryan WashingtonAugust 13, 2021
The Author, the Work, and the No. 1 Fan
Writing didn’t serve the purpose I wanted it to, which was to fix the fundamentally broken relationship between myself and other people.
By Kristen RoupenianAugust 5, 2021
My Slightly Unreal Pandemic Pregnancy
The world was going to hell. I was having a baby.
By Susanna WolffJuly 12, 2021
The Hockey Sister
It seemed impossible to become myself without hating my brother.
By Sarah MillerJuly 7, 2021
The Wrong Jason Brown
A son, his mother, and a legacy of abuse.
By Jason BrownMay 2, 2021
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