Narratively

First-person stories that offer intimate takes on what it means to be human.
                   

Confessions of a Fainting Man

My whole life, any time something has unnerved me — from high school math to childbirth class — my heart rate slows, the blood stops pumping to my brain, and I drop like a...

That Time I Conducted an Autopsy Without Any Medical Training

I thought it was hilarious when my friend in medical school snuck me into the exam room—until I was asked to lead the procedure.

Stand-Up Comedy Saved My Life. Literally.

I had a gun in my hand when I decided to finally give that open-mic night a shot. Seven years later, I’m a professional comedian.

I Escaped the Cult. But I Couldn’t Escape the Cult Mentality.

After leaving the Children of God, I was so proud to join the Army. But then I had to ask myself: Was I trading one culture of blind obedience for another?

How My Song Became an Unlikely Protest Anthem—in Hong Kong

I'd given up on a music career when a song I posted online took on a strange new life. Suddenly I had a #1 hit, and an entire new life on the other side of the world.

Confessions of a Professional White Asshole

How I built a lucrative career (and gradually sold my soul) playing caricatures of awful white dudes on black TV shows.

Confessions of a Misfit on the Dog Show Circuit

Being a young, tattooed queer person in this hoity-toity world hasn’t always been easy. But I’ve found a way to follow my passion while letting my freak flag fly.

How Theme Parks Kept My Globetrotting Family Grounded

Through diplomatic placements that sent us all over the world and a scandal that changed everything, we always returned to Disney World.

The Secret Life of a Scientist at the End of the World

We climb glaciers and take minute measurements to understand the threats to our future. This is the story of my last, and most dramatic, trip to the Arctic.