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Introspection

Money Close-Up
Introspection

Money Close-Up

Relationships facilitated by Seeking Arrangement have an explicit financial agreement built into them, in which an older person pays a younger person to go on dates and sometimes to have sex.

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Introspection

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"One minute, you’re looking into this light, and the next you’re waking up, hours later."

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Introspection

Further Realms: Are We Alone?

Alien encounters are usually written off as far-fetched and unproven. Maybe they are. But I think it’s myopic to call them impossible.

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Introspection

Enrolling in Sugar Baby University

The landing page of the Sugar Baby University website greets me with a “student debt clock,” a live update of the combined total that American students owe.

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Introspection

Breaking and Entering

The ladder was decades old and rusted over. It clung to the side of the building; I had nowhere to fall except the neighbor’s backyard, five stories below.

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Introspection

A Cultural Masquerade

In the 21st century, maybe it’s increasingly impossible for anyone to have a straightforward explanation for where they come from. We toggle between identities, pulling from a jumble of birthplaces and nationalities. When I pretended to be my American roommate Hannah, maybe it wasn’t a lie, so much as one facet of who I am.

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Endpaper

If All Space Were Safe Space

I have encountered this feeling in somewhat unconventional spaces: directing a porn film in an artist loft in Oakland, Calif., cheering from the audience as a woman reclaimed her sexuality in orgasm on a New York City stage, and participating in a “sex magic ritual” in a kinky mansion in the heart of New Orleans.

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"It is not the first time I am feeling this way — air light on my shoulders, warmth radiating off the bodies of friends, and a gut sense that my presence, or my humanity, is being realized."

Abandoned House
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Abandoned House

"In Virginia, my dad found a faulty lock on the door of a run-down, whitewashed church — an easy entrance."

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Introspection

Do You Know What You're Getting Yourself Into?

But spending the money is worth it, because a successful Visitas is imperative for NAHC. We’re a small group, and if we don’t convince enough prefrosh to join as freshmen, our numbers will dwindle. We feel like we have to convince Native prefrosh to commit to Harvard — and once that happens, we have to convince them that we are a community worth investing time in.

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Introspection

Walking Graphic

"Though some of my classmates had lived in America for years, all traces of their American accents were gone. Mine didn’t go away."

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Visitas Graphic

"We don’t spend a lot of money all at once during the rest of the year, so that’s probably why the bank deactivated our card on the Sunday afternoon of Visitas."

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Pile of Clothes

"Recently, a friend told me that it’s hard to be asked what she wants."

Asian American Comedy Show Producers
Introspection

No More Sixteen Candles

These comedians and I are having a conversation, and we don’t need a big wooden table in a Harvard seminar to talk about diaspora, our parents, and Asianness in America. We don’t have to explain unbelonging to each other.

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Taking Off Your Shirt Means Something

With each question, the hookup gains stakes, a momentum of affirmation.

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