A Lucy Dacus track challenges one writer’s loaded relationship with breakup anthems.
Artist Sam Nakahira reflects on the influential comic strips of her childhood.
Remembering readingThe Little Prince in a high school French class brings one writer an unexpected moment of relief.
One writer explores her ongoing, accidental obsession with Letters to a Stranger.
Roz Chast’s comics offer reprieve for a writer “scared of everything.”
JR Atkinson travels to Seattle with her father to watch her Grandpa perform a jazz set.
This comic series explores the deeply intertwined relationship between fashion and identity.
Strauss’ Metamorphosen becomes an annual tradition and touchstone for personal growth.
After Ocean Vuong’s visit to Wesleyan, Sage Marshall interprets his work with a poem of his own.
Lyrics from The Front Bottoms serve as inspiration for moments of self-reflection.
Can improvisation help one writer escape the doldrums of routine in his life?
Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks sparks a moment of reflection during a time of transition.
Claudia Schatz explores the ways her relationship to Lorde’s music has diverged—and remained the same—over the years.
Rebecca Solnit’s book serves as a quasi-guide to Linne Halpern in the immediate aftermath of her college graduation.
After moving to NYC, “Marigold” brings back the memories—and strength—of a simpler time.
After sneaking into a 21+ venue, one concert-goer finds reception with and reverence for Liz Phair.
Amid a stormy midwestern summer, one writer learns to embrace chaos while playing The Last of Us.
On being young at a Billy Joel concert & reflecting on the nostalgia of his music.
A flight-averse passenger finds solace in the music of The Smiths.
Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast defied 19th century gender expectations.
In Jeannette Haien’s novel The All of It (1986), love cures all.
Reading Matsuo Bashō's Japanese prose-poetry from 1689, while contemplating stillness, isolation, journeying, and the aftermath of death.
A poetic ode to the golden beauty and heavenly touch of Gustav Klimt's famed 1908 painting.
A college freshman finds a curly-haired, sexually liberated role model in Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw.
One writer finds solace in Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day as she considers life after graduation.
A poetic exploration of Frida Kahlo's Two Nudes in the Forest in relation to the artist's sexuality.
One writer ponders the unique and confusing way that art captures motion.
With winter approaching, one writer revisits the music and warm nostalgia of her past.
Though used to considering crime dramas mere background noise, one writer becomes captivated by The Five through its music.
After his grandfather's death, our writer delves into Mary Frye’s poem “Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep.”