Deconstructed

Nastassia
Sharing my learning journey at the intersections of race, gender, identity and more!
Created 12 Feb 2021
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  • Transit
    24 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    My flight landed half an hour early and I’m out of the airport fast enough. I’m carrying a large dark-blue suitcase that’s relatively empty. My mom got me this suitcase when I left for college 9 years...
  • Writing about writing 2
    13 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Earlier this year, I wrote some of my hot takes from Roxane Gay's MasterClass on Writing for Social Change, which, soit dit en passant, I still totally recommend checking out. This month, after listen...
  • Sometimes my dreams talk to me
    05 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    The MRI was surreal. The nurse checks the doctor's note and asks me my age, my address, yada yada. Then she asks me if I have any metal in my body. *In* my body. I've never had to think about having m...
  • I want to remember today because I am happy
    14 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Waking up exhausted to the smell of Dodo Café’s Grand Cru coffee beans being ground in the secondhand coffee machine that makes you feel like a millennial who made it. You’re trying a new oat milk thi...
  • Bonjour, Hi
    09 Jul 2021 • 6 min read
    I woke up groggy and disoriented. It was just a 2 hour flight in from NYC but my brain will dramatically contort any time spent on a plane. My final week of college, I was wrapping up last semester as...
  • Trauma, resistance and non-optical allyship
    29 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    masterofnone A post shared by @masterofnone This pride month was full of queer, often BIPOC stories and narratives. I caught up on Master of None’s season 3, a clean departure from its old Ansari-cent...
  • Six days to 25 years
    15 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    A streetcar named desire Arrival 2:40 PM. Freaking out about roaming. Complimentary shuttle to Union Station. Chipotle. Didn’t know it existed outside the US. It’s better here. So many buildings. Foun...
  • Avant la première neige
    21 May 2021 • 4 min read
    The landscape is changing. There are hundreds of people at the park. An unusually warm fall day. An Indian summer. I stepped out of my apartment in my summer garb, probably for the last time this seas...
  • Kweluma or Why Women Hate Women
    16 May 2021 • 3 min read
    To me, the best books are the ones that tell your story and reveal a bit of your heart to you. I feel beyond lucky to have discovered so many such voices, both personally and in the arts, that have re...
  • Rage Against the Capitalist Machine
    04 May 2021 • 4 min read
    It’s 2:00 PM on a Friday afternoon and I’m at my favorite café. I’m sipping on an iced coffee, slowly eating my way through an almond pastry and reading A Girl is A Body of Water (which, by the way, i...
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