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Fish Out of Water

“Dearly beloved, we gather here to say our goodbyes,” Mark Cohen croons to the audience. “Dies irae, dies illa …” The cast of the musical “Rent” proceeds to mockingly mourn the death of Bohemia in “La Vie Bohème,” a celebration of the 1980s Bohemian lifestyle, a pursuit of art and
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Why not both?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve masturbated daily. First with my fingers, then with the stream from a removable shower head and finally with vibrators. For much of this time, I was touching myself to what I thought penetrative sex must feel like. I’d wanted to have it
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Deconstructing the liberal snowflake

Behind Enemy Lines

A tipping point has been reached. In the course of seven days, Trump supporters have been sprayed with mace, had their signs destroyed on video and then have been called “racists” and “white nationalists” for suggesting that any of this censorious behavior might be uncalled for. In the wake of
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Lessons from a dead dog

Staying in Omelas

The decision-making abilities of a four-year-old are questionable. When my grandparents came home one night with two bumbling puppies, I crowned the yellowish one Taxi with the brash arrogance only a preschooler can muster. He departed as quickly as he arrived a month later from an infection, when the veterinarian,
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What you don’t know

Brave New World

We went to my dad’s favorite seaside restaurant to celebrate his birthday. My mom’s cough persisted, but we gave very little thought to it. She likely needed another round of antibiotics or more rest. As we left the restaurant, she suggested that we go to the emergency room instead of
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Only a sith deals in absolutes

Fish Out of Water

My friend’s jaw dropped; portions of their partially chewed sandwich visible in their open mouth. Huh? Had I said something wrong? Was it normal to tell people that I loved the Star Wars prequels and be met with bewilderment? Time seemed to freeze, anchored only by a tick-tock. Every second
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How I suck at poly

Sex on Tuesday

About a month ago, I was invited to speak on a panel about polyamory. For those unfamiliar, polyamory is the practice of maintaining multiple sexual and/or romantic partners at a time. When I excitedly told each of my partners about this invitation, they each responded with a variation of the
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Dissecting Robert Reich

Behind Enemy Lines

In the past few weeks, Robert Reich has taken to the Internet to launch a “resistance” campaign against President Donald Trump. Just recently, I listened to one of my friends, who happens to be a Reich fanatic, rant about how Trump should be ousted from his job for uttering untrue
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Don’t be like me

Staying in Omelas

My mother, in her torrent of anxious wing-flapping, was set on sending her firstborn off to college with a briefcase full of life advice that would last a lifetime. Don’t read in the dark. Don’t go out at night. Don’t smoke “the pot.” These bits of advice were broadcast in
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Getting up

Brave New World

As the last person stepped out of the classroom, I approached my teacher to express something that was weighing on my mind. She was skimming through her file folders but paused to say, “If you don’t know what you want to do as an adult, just look at problems in
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