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When I heard that Whitney Houston died, the first person I thought of was my mother. In fact, the reason why the news hit me so hard, why my eyes got instantly wet and my throat instantly closed up, is because, in my mind, Whitney Houston and my mother are inextricably linked.  I cannot begin to imagine what Houston’s own daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is going through right now (reports are coming out that she was hospitalized for an "emotional breakdown" ... Read More
I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my birth on Monday. Well, maybe “celebrated” isn’t the right word for it. I expected worse, to be honest. I thought I might suffer an existential crisis, brought on in part by Facebook’s new Timeline feature, which makes it seem like I was born in 1987 and then did nothing until 2005, when I went to college and got a Facebook and started recording my life in short, sometimes embarrassingly personal ... Read More
We all have them: our best "worst" stories.  They're our way of dealing with embarrassment, heartbreak, awkward sexual encounters, bad jobs, or unfortunate haircuts-- not actual tragedies, but anecdotes that reveal the humor in a shitty situation, and get funnier and less painful the more we share them with others. Since I'm a big fan of "best worst" stories, I'll be telling some of mine as the weeks go on-- and encouraging you all to share yours, too, so we ... Read More
I am a burlesque performer. I have been taking my clothes off for a crowd pretty regularly for about three years.  I was drawn to burlesque because it offered complete creative freedom, and I was also pretty stoked on the body-positivism it inspired – in me, in my fellow performers, and in the audience. Bodies are accepted and celebrated as they are, and also as they aren’t—I get the chance to explore and express a constructed gender ... Read More
Up until a few months ago, Kt Kieltyka felt like your average post-grad-- she moved to New York after school to pursue a career in writing, but found herself working a dismal desk job to make ends meet.  When a winter cold turned into a sickness she couldn't shake, Kt went to a doctor for an X-ray and was told she had a tumor (three tumors, to be exact). In April, the day after her 24th birthday, Kt was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma-- a form of cancer that ... Read More
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