ASK MOLLY

Heather Havrilesky
Reflections on longing, confusion, and joy by essayist and Ask Polly advice columnist Heather Havrilesky.
Created 09 May 2019
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  • Shapeshifter
    18 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 50 9
    Spirit of the Night (1952) by Remedios Varo The threat of death changed me. I’m in love with pointless excess. I expect the impossible. I want to walk on some thin slice of land between memory and fan...
  • Microcosm
    05 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 21 4
    Microcosmos (Determinismo) (1959) by Remedios Varo They want to manufacture new worlds instead of fixing this one. Send me a code and I’ll type it in. Tell me what my avatar will be: a bear or a mollu...
  • Closing
    29 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 30 5
    The Call (1961) by Remedios Varo. I’m new here, so I can’t tell what will stay green and what will turn bare. I can’t remember how cold it gets and for how long. I feel cold already, scrutinizing the ...
  • Black Hole
    24 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 21 5
    Metaphysical Wheels (1944) by Remedios Varo When your hair flew out behind you, when the breeze in your face felt like a secret message from a co-conspirator, when you lifted your feet onto the handle...
  • Fanfare
    12 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 74 12
    The Star Catcher (1956) by Remedios Varo Last Saturday I went on a run with my younger daughter and tripped on a downhill slope. My daughter was complaining that running on gravel hurt her back, and I...
  • Lost
    29 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 35 11
    Explorador Piloto (1910-1963) by Remedios Varo My imagination used to do my bidding but right now my head is lost, wandering some dark freeway in the desert, digging a burrow in the forest, looking fo...
  • Invader
    17 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 77 7
    The Escape (1961) by Remedios Varo After spending my entire adulthood in California, I’m living in North Carolina again. We’ve only been here for about a month but the entire world feels so different ...
  • Same
    26 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 27 8
    The Lovers (1963) by Remedios Varo “This is the best thing I will ever write,” I tell myself often. “ I’d better enjoy this, because I’ll never write anything this good again.” Who fed me the sensatio...
  • God
    22 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 27 1
    Wall Against the Sea (1922) by Paul Nash I love an indifferent god. Lightning crashed down a block away. The app said “Cloud to Ground, 2 minutes” next to a little cartoon lightning bolt a hundred yar...
  • Reminder
    07 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 28 1
    A Darjeeling Oak Festooned with a Climber (1878) by Marianne North This is a reminder to put a hand on the back of your neck and say, “I’m a crab, I’m a kitten, I’m an orchid. These fragile bones were...
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