Narratively

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

A Casino Card Shark’s First Time Getting Caught

As a struggling grad student, I happened upon a lucrative side hustle with an elite team of card-counters—and found the community I'd been looking for.

Am I Falling in Love or Having a Manic Episode?

I’m bipolar, and when I started to feel that familiar mix of attraction, infatuation and intensity, I had to stop and ask, ‘is this real?’

Confessions of the Only Woman on a Rock Star Tour Bus

One roadie’s guide to surviving nomadic life in the hardest-partying business on earth.

An Accidental Sailor Vs. the Storm of the Century

I had zero experience when I signed up for a week at sea on an ancient wooden vessel. I got enough to last a lifetime.

Grandma’s Dementia Made Her Forget Her Homophobia

After watching how my family treated my lesbian mom, I assumed it would all repeat when I came out. But as my grandma’s memory faded, her disapproval of gay people vanished too.

Confessions of a Professional Fake Shopper

When desperate storeowners want to convince passersby to stop in, they hire fun, happy people to pose as shoppers. They’re actually out-of-work actors, retirees, and me.

I Lost My Life to Airbnb

Obsessively renting out my home was the only way I could make it in the gig economy. When I found myself sleeping on the subway, I realized I’d gone too far.

The Redemption of the Secret Love Child

Fifty years after my mother slept with her married boss and got pregnant with me, I’m coming out of hiding.

As a Fugitive With a Fake Name, I Discovered the Real Me

I was arrested at an anti-war protest, jumped bail and went on the run. That's when my story really began.