Posts Tagged: chronic illness

What Did You Expect, Though?


The immune system, meant to protect a body from foreign invaders, works too assiduously, sees danger where there is none, turns on itself. Such conditions lend themselves to metaphor. ...more



It’s always been ground glass, scraping against my insides. I imagine a light held to the place where I open would illuminate a mess of torn flesh, throbbing red-wet. ...more

Breaking Through: Gayle Brandeis Discusses The Art of Misdiagnosis


Gayle Brandeis discusses her memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis, out today from Beacon Press. ...more

The Colonizer


It felt like one of those soundtracks where the needle scrapes across the record, and silence prevails. ...more

All of Our Pre-Existing Conditions


We admit ourselves to the list of conditions, confess to the hospitals we’ve entered over the years. Through my glowing phone screen the body pokes through. ...more

The Gate of Permission: A Conversation with Victoria Redel


Victoria Redel discusses her newest novel, Before Everything, living through and beyond grief, and why she loves secrets. ...more

Metaphors for My Forgetful Heart


My body is a drum, its last vibration fading out. My body is a temple, serene and contemplative, all voices finally stilled. My body is a glider plane, floating on warm currents of air in the eerie, engineless quiet. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Esmé Weijun Wang


Esmé Weijun Wang discusses her first novel, The Border of Paradise, about a multi-generational new American family, creative expression through writing and photography, and interracial relationships. ...more



At the New Yorker, Ed Caesar interviews Anna Lyndsey, author of the memoir Girl in the Dark, about her mysterious light sensitivity that kept her in the dark for over a decade. Citing prominent dermatologists, Ceasar questions Lyndsey’s symptoms and explores the possibility that they were psychosomatic, a possibility Lyndsey herself dismisses:

My situation was so extreme, rare and unusual that when I described it to people in the hope of seeking help, the response was usually incredulity.