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A Wrinkle Revisted

by Roxanne Fequiere


Do you remember the collective frenzy we all worked ourselves into on account of the year 2000? We were told that our computers—and, by extension, our companies and institutions—were ill-equipped to transition into the new millennium, and that the consequences could be dire. I was eleven years old during the lead-up to the turn of the century, and while I wasn’t exactly convinced that the apocalypse was near, I did think that stocking up on rations couldn’t hurt. ... READ MORE

 


 
 

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The Future is Bright—Not White

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

I’ve long been puzzled by the kind of speculative fiction plot that takes a well-worn but earthly concept— ... READ MORE

 

On Strangers and Strange Lands

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Nearly everyone who offered science fiction recommendations mentioned Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness ... READ MORE

 

The Time Has Come, The Wizard Said

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

I always felt as though Ms. Watson, a reedy woman with an ashen pixie cut and glasses that sat perpetually low on her nose... READ MORE

 

Twyla Says

by Roxanne Fequiere


Not long after finishing dance luminary Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life, I took to Google, ... READ MORE

 

The Cult of the Splits

by Roxanne Fequiere


I am lying flat on my living room rug with my feet planted on the floor, a rectangular orange towel in my right hand. ... READ MORE

 

It's On My List

by Roxanne Fequiere


You know what they say about leading horses to water. I first encountered Erin Falconer’s How to Get Sh*t Done  ... READ MORE

 

Bachelor Dandies, Drinkers of Brandies

by Roxanne Fequiere


Picture it, if you will: Staten Island, 2005. My peers and I are sixteenish, and for some reason, it seems we’ve all made it ... READ MORE

 

How to be You and Me

by Roxanne Fequiere


Old habits die hard. It’s been just over two months since I left my corporate copywriting job, but the distinct chime of an ... READ MORE

 

Friendship in the Rearview

by Roxanne Fequiere


As long as you don’t squint too hard, the 1950s still conjure a clean-cut, Norman Rockwell-style portrait in the mind’s eye, ...  READ MORE

 

The Other Loves of Our Lives

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

If you’re a woman, there’s a good chance that the first half of the title of Kayleen Schaefer’s Text Me When You Get Home: ... READ MORE

 

Twinning at the Edge of Sanity

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

I wasn’t very far along into Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine—really, just a few pages in—when a certain ... READ MORE

 

What Kind of Girl Talk Girl Are You?

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

The origin of our disagreement is now lost to me, but I can remember its denouement as if it were yesterday. Me, introverted and ... READ MORE

 

What About Your Friends?

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Our Valentine’s Day plans were fairly straightforward. Whoever made it home first on the evening of February 14 would order ... READ MORE

 

Maud Martha and Me (And You, Too)

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

The website said that there was one copy of Maud Martha in stock, but when I arrived at McNally Jackson last Sunday, it turned ... READ MORE

 

I Was There: Postcards from the Periphery

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Growing up, I spent so much time at my friend Kim’s house that it began to feel like an extension of my own. Several times a week ... READ MORE

 

Other Voices, Upper Room

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

About a month ago, my old high school announced that it would close at the end of the year. Upon receiving the news, I ... READ MORE

 

Dispatches From the Pantheon

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Have you ever seen The First Monday in May? It’s a documentary chronicling the inner workings of The Metropolitan Museum ... READ MORE

 

The Black Girl Next Door: In Search of Specificity

by Roxanne Fequiere


As a child, Wednesdays were library days. Upon arrival at the old St. George branch of the New York Public Library, READ MORE

 

The Fresh Start Fallacy

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Toward the end of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, two sisters share a moment at a mental hospital—one, a visitor; the other, a ... READ MORE

 

She For Whom Food Is Not Enough

by Roxanne Fequiere


For as long as I can remember, my mother was a one-woman cheer squad for all the things we might now classify as black ... READ MORE

 

A Woolf in Progressive Clothing

by Roxanne Fequiere


To grapple with the white gaze in its various forms—insidious and clunky, violent and patronizing, dismissive and invasive READ MORE

 

Our Lady Helen of Perpetual Self-Help

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Helen Gurley Brown was wildly, fiercely, boldly ahead of her time—until she wasn’t. READ MORE

 

A Bookish Year: A Fresh Start

by Roxanne Fequiere
 

Join Roxanne on her first essay chronicling her desire to stick with a resolution this year. READ MORE

 
 
 

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