my birth, the moon, & my (heavily sedated) mother

on my 27th birthday, my mom called me to tell me about the night i was born; this is that. my mom was frustrated because i wouldn’t leave her womb. she said i was determined to be born on the first of the month. as she waddled to the car, scooting carefully over the chicago…

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Matriarchy 2018 Official Playlist

The Culturework team is thrilled to present a playlist to accompany this issue’s theme: Matriarchy. We liked the idea of how expansive the theme could be, and hoped that the invitation would extend to everyone. We wanted to pose questions of how matriarchy is connected to femininity, togetherness and separateness, honor and expectation, protectiveness, pain,…

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Patty Chang and the Persistence of Water

By Gustavo Carvajal Before visitors enter gallery 5 at the Queens Museum in New York, they encounter a sign informing them that the content in the Patty Chang exhibit may not be suitable for all audiences. Inside there is a U-shaped table where blown glass sculptures, made to look like cut, taped and twisted plastic…

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Queen of Hearts

By “April” Yueyi Zhu One day when my mother was in kindergarten, she was being loud around my grandmother who was cooking. Her behavior resulted in my grandmother chopping off her little finger. My mother screams and prosecutes like Queen of Hearts, just like hers did. My mother claims that my father loves her for…

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