You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know

Imagine not being able to reliably recognize your own family members, your closest associates, or even yourself.

Editor’s Choice at The New York Times.

Featured on The Today Show, Dateline Medical Mysteries, Dick Gordon’s The Story, and Good Morning America.

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Cover image Thinking together. Neurons. Credit: Odra Noel. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

"Who are You?"

"Who are You" appears in the December 2022 issue of Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science.

New Letters Vol. 87 nos. 3 & 4 features a flying lion on the cover

New Essays

Eleven new micro essays appear in the Fall 2021 issue of New Letters.

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"Just This Breath"

"Just This Breath" appears in the June 2020 issue of The Sun. In this piece, I write about my experience with a two-month long illness. I'm incredibly grateful to be fully recovered.

Eat Joy

Eat Joy

I’m delighted to have a piece in Eat Joy.

"Natalie Eve Garrett's Eat Joy does this magical thing where it makes you remember the tastes of the heaviest times in your life, while reminding you that everyone on earth has experienced the taste of love and loss, though none of our tastes are the same. This is the first collection that ever made me want to sensually eat, cook, write, and thank all the wonderful makers of the most memorable memories in my life." ―Kiese Laymon, author of  Heavy

"Where Am I?"

People with face blindness often report topographical agnosia—difficulties with way-finding. “Where Am I?” tells the story of coming to grips with getting lost. First published by True Story and reprinted in Longreads.

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We called it cross-dressing when I grew up. Was my father trans-gender? Or was something else altogether happening in our family?  “Haywire” first appeared in Tin House and was selected for Best American Essays 2017.

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"Pedal, Pedal, Pedal"

"Pedal, Pedal, Pedal" was first published in The Sun and won a 2018 Pushcart Prize.

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Recent essays also appear in On the Seawall, The New York Times, The Sun, and Brevity.