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“I grew up in a very strict household. I had to dress in a modest way. I couldn’t drink. Couldn’t stay out late. And my family certainly wouldn’t want me marrying a non-Muslim. Especially a white guy. It’s not even possible to have an Islamic wedding with a non-Muslim. But he’s made it clear that he’s not willing to convert. And I understand his position. We were just talking about...
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Danielle Hope-Lynn
Edgar Muvunyi Tabaro
Megan Schmidt Otruba
Bruce Chanen
“I was like an ‘incel’ kid. I’d never had a girlfriend. I’d only had sex with prostitutes. I was very suicidal. Then one day I was standing next to a cute girl at a bus stop, and I googled: ‘How to approach women.’ That’s when I came across a forum for pick-up artists. It’s exactly what I’d been looking for. It seemed like a cure for my autism. I watched all the videos I could find. I...
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Emeka Nobis
Riccardo De Domenico
Susan Hendricks
Kristina Henrickson Cox
Jan Marie
“I grew up in an orphanage with only boys. I always wanted to learn some type of fighting. But I got married and had kids, so I just never had the time. But when I turned forty, and all the kids were finally grown, I decided to learn Judo. There weren’t many women in the class. A few girls came in, but they never lasted. They’d get married, have children, and eventually drop out. But I...
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Angelina N-ñez
Aya Kamal
Marline Oluchi
Yohanes Molla
Onuora Onianwa
“I had four chairs refurbished this morning And I couldn’t help but think—what’s the point? I don’t have much longer to live. I’m already seventy-six. I never even expected to live beyond sixty. I think sixty is a pretty good age for life to terminate. It would certainly clear out some room for younger generations. Everything deteriorates after sixty, anyway. After that we’re just old...
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Marline Oluchi
PG Sebastian
Yohanes Molla
Barbara Glaeve
Kate Payne
“He’d taken charge of so much during our relationship. He was twelve years older than me, so he made all the decisions: where to go, what to eat, what we were going to buy. He didn’t even like me working. So when he died my life was a mess-- literally. I wasn’t quite a hoarder, but close. There was laundry everywhere. The couch was covered with worn shirts. You couldn’t even find a...
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Marline Oluchi
Asake Agoro
PG Sebastian
Tara Michele
Nicole Schock
“I’m seventeen. I’m doing my best to convince myself that we’re all beautiful in our own way, but it’s not so easy. I look at all the pretty things my friends have: their bodies, their lips, how they wear their hair, or their make-up-- even their personalities. Some have such pretty personalities. I wish I could be one of those people who laugh and talk for hours without stopping. Instead...
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Mutebe Henry
Melissa Gillam
Elizabeth Haney
Velvet Jones
Maggie Fraser
“I’ve got four other children. But Amy and I are bonded at the hip. She’s my best friend. We live with each other. We’re part of each other. That’s life with cerebral palsy. I do get on her nerves every once in awhile, but you can imagine what it’d be like if you were thirty-six and still stuck with your dad. She makes fun of me a lot. She’s very cheeky. She doesn’t let life get on...
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Tina Dodeci Tecco
Jacklyn Delleart
Jennifer Barnes
Phuong Nguyen-Munoz
Cynthia CBlay
“I grew up in Hungary. Back then we were cut off from the world. We could only visit other socialist countries. We were always told: ‘The country you live in is enough. You don’t need more. Everything coming from the outside is not good.’ So we were always ten years behind in music. But if you stayed up late, you could listen to an underground radio station from Germany. The frequency...
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Afi Antonio
Mutebe Henry
Ali Kennedy
Becca Hollmann
Agnese Soldane
“I quit my job for the first three months of this year and travelled with my husband. It wasn’t exactly a mid-life crisis, but it was definitely a point in time. I had just been going through the motions. Getting through day-to-day. And suddenly I realized that there were so many cultures and parts of the world that I hadn’t experienced first hand. I’d been on vacations—but never more...
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Asake Agoro
Abena Magis
Blessing Ihedioha
Lynn Fingerhut
“I didn’t feel anything. It’s not even a holiday here. I woke up early, walked through the streets, and listened to prayers on my headphones. I might have bought myself a cupcake after dinner. If I was back in Egypt, I’d have gathered with the whole family for dinner. We’d have a specific type of juice—dried figs, dates, apricots in water. On the way to the mosque we’d give all the...
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Xhann Rexhepi
Alis Anagnostakis
Mutebe Henry
Omotoyosi Ogunbanwo
Bruce Chanen