Within the past week alone, I’ve gotten to know my neighbors better.

I always thought the reason why New York City was so appealing to me was because I could be entirely anonymous, a privilege I was not afforded when I was growing up in Texas. Here, I could cry on the subway, have a heated argument on the phone during a…


Her latest exhibit, “Impressions,” debuted last Saturday at the Jane Lombard Gallery.

In a velvety green wrap dress, artist Kristin McIver floated around the Jane Lombard Gallery in Tribeca, where her latest exhibit, Impressions, debuted on Saturday. “This show was supposed to happen last April,” she tells me as two visitors crane their necks to view one of her 12 video sculptures…


I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

The Wall of Thanks at the Javits Center. Photo by author.

A year ago today was when I had the first real taste of what the coronavirus pandemic would be like. At the time, I was running NYU Local, my school’s news blog, and had just finished a long day of classes when my Slack was buzzing nonstop. NYU told students…


I’m a Texan. I’ve been homeless, freezing, and without power before. The millions of Texans left out in the cold are not going to forgive your cowardice.

I know what it is like to freeze. In December 2013, when my mom and I were temporarily homeless in North Texas, we lost power to the RV we were staying at that week. The roads had iced over earlier that day and the temps hovered around 30 degrees. We…


Her latest album, “Flowers for Vases/descansos,” grapples with grief through delicate vocals and pared-back instrumentation.

Hayley Williams is no stranger to baring her soul.

The Paramore frontwoman has belted and crooned about heartbreak, depression, and anger for more than a decade across five albums. Last May, though, Williams released her first solo album, Petals for Armor, after years of openly expressing disinterest in a project…


What a virtual pet site taught me about the power of investing communities

An image of a Neopets shoyru holding up a generic market chart with the text “The market could crash at any moment.”

When I was about eight years old, I asked my mom to make me an email address so I could sign up for Neopets, an online site launched in 1999 where users own virtual pets they can dress up, feed, and customize. The world of Neopets is expansive and mirrors…


It was cute at first, but enough is enough.

Today, I sat silently in a Breakout Room — Zoom’s seemingly innovative way to mirror IRL group discussion online — waiting for someone else to talk. When they inevitably didn’t, I’d toss in a few questions here and there to try to illicit a response from my peers to no…


After two years of “letting myself go,” I decided to get back into the world of beauty.

The crazy thing about depression is that it will absolutely make you despise the practices that can actually help you feel like a person. This can range from not brushing your teeth to not showering. For me, it was beauty.

Before my depression consumed my life, I used to meticulously…


We’re excited for this next chapter.

We’re back! We missed you, dear readers, and we’re excited to bring you the things you love most about The Interlude: thoughtful analysis, insightful personal essays, plucky reporting, and, yes, some fun pieces, too.

But first: a programming note. Right now, we’re in the midst of so many global changes…


A kinda late New Year’s resolution, if you will.

Content warning: mentions of disordered eating, body dysmorphia.

The other day, my boyfriend and I were snuggling up on the couch, watching some cooking show. I don’t remember exactly what show it was, but nonetheless I sat there engrossed: a chef was walking through how to prepare an artichoke. …

Izzie Ramirez

Writing about climate, culture & comida wherever I go. Work in: GEN, Bitch Media, VICE, Jezebel, and then some. Medium’s resident Gen Z kid.

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