He doesn’t lock the mask every rehearsal. There are some days I say, I can’t, not today, not for all those hours. Attached to the mask is a rope that sways down my back and dangling from the rope …

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The Wedding

It wasn’t a real bar. It was a makeshift place, a crowded room in the back of someone’s house. Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” played softly in the background, softly because they didn’t want to attract attention, though …

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Inside Lane

When my swim coach, an elderly man with a Dean of Something or Other job sexually harassed me, I let it go. It wasn’t like he was really harassing harassing. Just asking us to twirl in front of his desk …

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Mother, Marksman [runner-up]

Forty-nine-year-old Yumi Kobayashi is not ashamed to say she is obsessed with League of Legends, an online video game in which the typical player demographic is a seventeen-year-old maladjusted boy who smells like funk and nihilism.

Actually this is not …

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