Not all vulnerability is good vulnerability

Not all vulnerability is good vulnerability

As both an artist and an openly transgender person, vulnerability is a big part of my everyday life. Living in a vulnerable way has a lot of drawbacks. So I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about whether the value really justifies the cost.  It’s too late for me to...
Don’t let toxic people tell your story

Don’t let toxic people tell your story

Your story is an abstract representation of you in the world. It comes in many forms: reminiscences with friends, anecdotes shared about you when you’re not present, individual imaginations of what your life is like. Your story is the framework people build to...
When 12-year-old me tried to teach Bach a lesson

When 12-year-old me tried to teach Bach a lesson

Classical piano performance is bizarre. I was immersed in it as a kid, and got into a love-hate relationship with it. If my biased read was accurate, my teachers thought I was talented, but disrespectful. I sometimes overheard them chatting with my mom, thinking I was...
How to be an artist

How to be an artist

An artist is one of the strangest and most audacious things a human can be. I say this because I find myself in the odd situation of being an artist, whether I like it or not. I tried not to be one for a while, because being an artist was really unhelpful for my...