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Shelter in Place

The family is the chosen unit of measurement for so many things. During the pandemic, we were instructed to shelter in place, and this...

Her Name Was Nina

I didn’t know this baby. I didn’t know what she looked like apart from a couple of surprisingly cute ultrasound printouts. I didn’t know...

What Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball Can Teach Us About Legacy

It’s been about five months since Kobe Bryant died in a fatal helicopter crash that killed nine people including his thirteen year old daughter...

An American Alphabet*

*Or more aptly titled, A White American Alphabet--26 Letters Towards A Language of Repair. A​ is for the ​Allen residence​. The Allen residence is where Wendell...

Shame and Blessings at the Coin-Op

Just before the virus drifted into the world, a friend I’d recently met texted that she was nervous. Her washing machine had broken at...

Love in the Time of COVID: Have Our Lives Changed Forever?...

Our little mid-century ranch, with its limestone exterior and big picture window, sits clustered together with other mid-century homes—tri-levels and A-frames—in a neighborhood that...

Love Letter to My Soon to Be 13-Year-Old Black Son

This essay was originally published in August 2020, but in honor of all mothers everywhere, Pangyrus is sharing it again for Mother's Day 2021. Dear...

When Death Comes From the Skies

The first plane appeared in the eastern sky at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. It was a member of the Condor Legion, a Nazi...

Will Work for Textbooks

Jack was breaking the rules of our arrangement the first time he told me he loved me. I was twenty-four years old, and I...

the long way to a small, angry inbox

Normally, this wouldn’t matter so much. A few nights ago, I logged into an old Yahoo account that I habitually checked and used for retrospective...

Diastema: The Spaces Between

I’ve had a sizable gap between my two front teeth for my entire life, and for most of it, I’ve wanted to get rid...

How I Became Greta and Alan

For an absolute stranger, Bob Coyne calls a lot. Over the past two years or so he has called at least once and sometimes...