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Sick Humor

October 10, 2014 • 3
Like many wars, Lacey’s began with a single shot. In Atlanta, Georgia, in October 2009, Lacey Brady hopped onto her doctor’s exam table to receive a routine vaccination. The vaccination should have provoked her immune system to create defenses against the weakened virus, but Lacey’s immune system misfired, targetin g part of her brain and »

The F-Word

January 30, 2014 • 1
Growing up in rural Virginia, I didn’t think much about feminism. To me, feminists were plump women with coiffed hair and suffragette sashes, women from a bygone era depicted in sepia photographs in history books. I didn’t meet a real live feminist until I was 16. The cosmopolitan center of my childhood was Richmond, a »

American Bodies

December 1, 2013 • 0
Nadia Ali had never left Baghdad. But in 2005, as she watched the city skyline fade into the distance, she knew that she would never go back to Iraq. She left behind her childhood home, her books and photographs, her friends, her aging parents. Her husband, Mohammed, left behind his job as a professor and »