Beyond Bone

The sky glows white and bright and blinding. I shield my eyes with my hand and am brought back to my childhood, palm covering my face as I counted 7-8-9-10, ready or not, here I come. Back then my palms were always oily and sticky from shorteats—cutlets and patties and deep-fried spiced dough—and honey-sweet treats … More Beyond Bone

Hairline Fracture

It is with much skepticism that Maynard Vijaya considers a new hairline. He thumbs through the catalog of possibilities: the widow’s peak, the low hairline, the high hairline. Well, those are the only three options, really. Except for the receding hairline, which he already has. But the pages of the catalog reveal all of the … More Hairline Fracture

Ode to Eagle Rock

We did it, what so many people in LA aspire to do: own a single-family home in a cute, walkable neighborhood with good schools. After a long, tireless search through the valley and into the hills, within the city and around its suburbs, my husband and I finally bought our house in Eagle Rock two … More Ode to Eagle Rock

One Piece at a Time

Jan woke up to the scratchy tickle of a tumbleweed rolling over her face. It was a strange sensation. Like she was trapped in some underworld where scribbly creatures danced over dead bodies. When she opened her eyes, she saw a solid block of gray—a blank nothingness. But then she turned her head and saw … More One Piece at a Time

Daydream Believer

When my daydream manifested as reality, I was 13 years old. Sitting in English class, nose buried in A Wrinkle in Time, I began sniffling uncontrollably. That wasn’t the daydream…but that was the unfortunate backdrop against which my daydream came true. The classroom was a graveyard and my classmates appeared dead. They were, in fact, … More Daydream Believer