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Published in THE RUMPUS
The Durwan in Enough: I Live with the Monster

I was hungry. There was a kitchen at my school in Calcutta where they brewed tea and stored crackers and biscuits in plastic jars stored high on wooden shelves.

Published in LONGREADS
The Psychiatrist in my Writing Class and his 'Gift' of Hate

Rani Neutill recalls a literary workshop in which a white man critiqued her ability to write in “proper” English.

Published in CATAPULT
The Future Is a Bright Yellow Kite

She knew this could happen. It was, after all, the way things were. The promise of Rekha’s warmth buried it.

Published in REDIVIDER
My Dida

My Dida rarely wore a bra. Eight children suckling had stretched out her breasts, made them long. ​

Published in HOBART
The Beauty Mark

Sexy women were never alone.

Published in HOBART
Soundtrack to Ugliness

Picture this: It’s 2004. I’m living in Berkeley, California. I swear I am a cool girl.

Published in COSMONAUTS AVENUE
do you love me?

She lives in a small room in a family’s flat. This is enough for me, she thought, upon her arrival. I don’t need much more than this. But she did.

Published in ENTROPY MAGAZINE
Manners

My mother ate with her hands.

Published in THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Richard Ramirez Taught Me To Pray

It all began with a visit from a woman.

Published in THE NEW YORK TIMES
Book Review: Jung Yun's, Shelter

Among other things it did, the 2008 housing crisis put the phrase “safe as houses” to rest.

Published in SALON
Sixteen years in academia made me an a-hole

After a decade at the Ivies, I work at a bar. But I've learned more waiting tables than I did as a professor.

Published in SALON
My trigger-warning disaster

I believed in trigger warnings when I taught a course on sex and film. Then they drove me out of the academy.