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“There were two young people fighting at the apartment I was...


“There were two young people fighting at the apartment I was staying in, so the police came. They took all our IDs and saw that my green card had expired, so they took me to jail.

“I shot my father in the brain but I was acquitted because he...


“I shot my father in the brain but I was acquitted because he abused me.”

“Serving in the army, you can say that I was a pawn in another...


“Serving in the army, you can say that I was a pawn in another person’s game. But you can say the same thing about someone that works at JP Morgan.

“I was the stereotypical kid from Harlem. I was a good student...


“I was the stereotypical kid from Harlem. I was a good student until 4th grade, but then I started going down the wrong path.

“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I...


“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I was always behind on my rent, so I spent so much psychic energy worrying about what was going to happen.

“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I...


“I felt relief when I finally got evicted from my apartment. I was always behind on my rent, so I spent so much psychic energy worrying about what was going to happen.

“My mom was a single mother, and she worked two jobs so that she...


“My mom was a single mother, and she worked two jobs so that she could send me to Catholic school. All she wanted was for me to make good grades, but I just brushed it off and didn’t try.

“This picture is from our senior class trip to Disney World. I...


“This picture is from our senior class trip to Disney World. I was much more confident then. I thought I was going to be a business owner.

“One day you wake up and you’re 45 years old. When I was...


“One day you wake up and you’re 45 years old. When I was young, I thought I’d be a CEO by now. I thought I’d put in 100 hours a week for as long as it took, and nothing would stop me.

“I graduated college early because I was eager to get into the...


“I graduated college early because I was eager to get into the real world, but the job search is tougher than I imagined.

“We first met at a café in the West Village, and I was...


“We first met at a café in the West Village, and I was completely taken by her.  But the next day I had to leave for a six-week trip to Afghanistan.

“I used to be 300 lbs. I thought that when I lost all the...


“I used to be 300 lbs. I thought that when I lost all the weight, a light switch would suddenly flip on and I’d be driven and inspired.

“Alopecia is a weird disease to wrap your head around.  It...


“Alopecia is a weird disease to wrap your head around.  It causes your immune system to turn against your body, and your hair falls out.

“I’m taking a break from setting goals.”


“I’m taking a break from setting goals.”

“I grew up very religious, and I was taught to think that...


“I grew up very religious, and I was taught to think that people with alternative lifestyles were just ‘confused.’  But now it seems to me that gender and sexuality are so bendable and flexible.

“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the...


“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the abortion clinic on 59th Street. We filled out the papers and everything.

“My mom was driving me home from school when I told her that...


“My mom was driving me home from school when I told her that my girlfriend was pregnant. She’s a taxi driver, so we were in her yellow cab.

“I used to think I was just ‘go with the flow.’ Now I’m...


“I used to think I was just ‘go with the flow.’ Now I’m realizing that I can’t make a decision. But mainly just with small stuff.

“I like to organize clubs. I’ve started three of them. The...


“I like to organize clubs. I’ve started three of them. The first one is called the SWANK Club, which stands for Second Wives And No Kids.

“I’ve spent my life trying to undo habits—especially habits of...


“I’ve spent my life trying to undo habits—especially habits of thinking. They narrow your interaction with the world.


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