Arts & Culture | Music
Prince Taught Me a Whole New Love Language

“Sign o’ the Times” is candy for a cute little he/they like me.

Jan 4, 2023
Arts & Culture | Music
Listening to Ariana Grande’s “fake smile” and Holding onto My Teacher Persona

In her rejection of performing happiness, Grande invokes gratitude for the impact she’s made on others. I have to believe the same.

Dec 13, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
Rihanna and the Legacy of Liberated Caribbean Women

I wanted to be loud, wild, and sexually liberated like them. I just didn’t know how.

Dec 7, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
On Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Steely Dan

But of course, all of this isn’t about ‘Gaucho’ or masculinity, really. It’s about trauma, about breaking a cycle you didn’t consent to entering.

Oct 3, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
When the South Drove Me Away, Kacey Musgraves’ Music Offered Me a Home

I’m a queer, northeast girl with southern roots, and no one has captured that duality quite like Kacey Musgraves.

Aug 25, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
Shakira’s Crossover into American Music Taught Me to Reject My Latinx Roots—Then Reclaim Them

The arc of my journey with Shakira traces a path from veneration to rejection to reembrace.

Jul 26, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
Thirty Years After ‘Little Earthquakes,’ I’m Finally Ready for Tori Amos

With reproductive rights under threat in the US, I returned to an artist unafraid of telling her truth.

May 25, 2022
People | Arts & Culture | Music
Can We Dance as the World Falls Apart?

When Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, I found myself asking: What pleasures are permissible during wartime?

Apr 19, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
The Rise of the Reboot: Why We Can’t Escape Nostalgia

I’ve wondered if I, too, have become a member of a generation reluctant to move past adolescence.

Mar 29, 2022
Arts & Culture | Music
The Mess of Millennial Womanhood and the Myth of ‘Having It All’

I turned to my friend and asked, “What if I don’t want it all?”

Mar 16, 2022