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illustration of capillary network of the pulmonary blood vessels in the human lung

Asmahan

For some women, taking the higab—that permanent oath, that fabric tattoo—can be seen as a form of sacrifice but, for my sister Soraya, one of the most fashionable women of Cairo, if not Egypt, even the world, this would be the ultimate sacrifice.


close-up of red and orange feathers

Trespassing

They must have been born with this connection to their hands, to each other, and if that was indeed the case, then why hadn’t I been born with this gift?


The National Gallery

“It was because of the bike crash that I volunteered for an HIV-vaccine trial. I blame Brian.”


Room 10

“The doctors don’t know which disease Niza has. Limp-handed, they lay their needles to her numb limbs.”


Mandible

“He knew it was a story the moment he hit bone.”