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DUET
Samantha Xiao Cody
I could tell from her choke-grip around the violin’s neck, the military way she walked, the plasticy tautness of her forehead—which just this morning, I had kissed with a mouth ripe with sleep—that she was annoyed with me. We’d just finished rehearsing the Prokofiev duet’s first movement, and my wandering second violin line, meant to be ominous, ghostly, came out shrill and whining every time
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Chiffon Thomas’s stitches unravel all that appears fixed. When you look at their work Da Big Comfy Couch, you see a deceptively simple snapshot of a big happy family. Their smiling faces look out at us.
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MY WHITE COAT
Teddy Goetz
I grew up straining against the weight of being first. When my moms registered me for kindergarten, they asked how many LGBTQ families had attended my future elementary school. The principal rearranged an awkward wince into an earnest smile as he admitted,
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Her fingers grip her opponent’s flesh. She clenches her teeth, and her cheeks flush. As she writhes and wrestles in a purple haze of lush brush stroke, we consume her carnal abandon.
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Hillela Simpson and Shana Knizhnik are public defenders because they know that our criminal legal system and the courts that administer it take things away from people without taking questions. Criminal defendants are stripped of their homes or their children or their liberty, given a court date, maybe some evidence, then must decide if they want to plead to a lesser crime or go to trial. Usually, going to trial is too risky.
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The physicality of Remy Young’s job demands her strict adherence to order and classical form. A dancer with American Ballet Theater, Young begins each day with a ballet class that progresses through a specific series of movements: at the barre, she starts
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