Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 5:38pm

The strongest stories in the collection are about gender, a theme on which Simpson delivers startling insights through various unremarkable men and women.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:23pm

In both form and content, Nuñez’s work pushes its reader to think more deeply about the world and its inhabitants.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:04pm
Carlina Duan

Duan’s hair is where the line between recognition and fetishization becomes most apparent in her poetry.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 8:20pm

Among student athletes, there’s a fine line between being mindful of your health and becoming obsessed with it.

“Take care of your body,” motivational speaker Jim Rohn writes. “It is the only place you have to live.”

Despite the changes wrought by puberty, aging and disease, the body is singularly constant. To some extent, we feel we should be able to control the functions, size and abilities of our body. It is somehow both us and beyond us — ours but not always ours to control.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:41am
David Sedaris

I am enthralled with Sedaris’s eye for the strange, and for how he manages to juxtapose his own trials with the oddities he comes across.

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:37pm
Colleges and universities provide health care and insurance to millions of young American students, but these health plans often do not adequately cover sexual health resources or services such as condoms and birth control.

Sending contraceptives through the mail seems like a remnant of the early 20th century when methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases were largely relegated to legally-murky backchannels. But 86 years after Margaret Sanger’s shipment of diaphragms to a New York City doctor was confiscated, students at Catholic universities are using anonymous texting services and covertly mailed packages to circumvent their schools’ restrictions on sexual health products.

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 7:59pm

Good essays about reading expose it in all its contradiction: both intimate and public, solitary and expansive.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:52pm
Hannah Gadsby on stage

“Seventy-percent of the people who raised me, who loved me, who I trusted, believed that homosexuality was a sin,” says Hannah Gadsby in her new comedy special, “Nanette”—and there’s no punchline to ease that fact. Is this even stand-up? Is it a recorded therapy session? A TED talk? “Nanette”, which was released on Netflix in late June, is billed as a comedy special, but it transcends genre to function as a profoundly destabilizing piece of visual art. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:37pm

In another life, Curtis Sittenfeld could have been a psychologist. Instead, she became a writer — and thank god she did. Sittenfeld is a keen, careful observer of human behavior and her first collection of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” is aptly named. Sittenfeld says exactly what we didn’t even know we were thinking. As usual, she is a haunting master of language, fulfilling her promise to say the things we are thinking, used to think or will one day think. “Oh, our private habits, our private selves,” she writes.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 8:04pm
Fleetwood Diner

There’s no doubt that Fleetwood thrives after 11 p.m., so much so that going there while it’s still light out feels almost bizarre. Nighttime is when the most eclectic crowds flock to the diner. Ann Arborites who’ve been coming here since before current college freshman were even born cram in beside students ready to debrief about the night’s drama; this is a place where the usual town-gown divide seems to disappear completely.