The organ donations I can’t stop thinking about

Before murderer Gary Gilmore was executed by a firing squad in 1977, he made the choice to become an organ donor, offering up his eyes, kidneys, pituitary glands, and liver. His whole execution captured the public imagination — he was the first person killed after the Supreme Court reinstated the…

Two thousand years from now, when a group of adventuring Venusians land on a faraway planet called Earth, they will find a bombed out world that is strangely bucolic, full of weeds and irradiated flowers and pigeon-sized fireflies and tangerine-colored worms. As these curious aliens poke around, they will find…

It can help you discover, or maybe remember, what makes you you.

October 2021 commenced on an eerier note than usual: I turned 28, officially entering into my late twenties, the carefree simplicity of my youth fading away in the rearview mirror. Several days later, my boyfriend contracted a breakthrough case of the ol’ Covid-19. Despite making out with him a day…

Reflecting on five years without a drink.

From my teen years up until five years ago today, when I quit booze, being drunk was my personality. I was a party monster, a bar rat, loud and reckless and proudly messy because I thought it made me interesting, a craft beer enthusiast, a wannabe social butterfly who never…

Evaluating your consumer decisions is the key to figuring out who you really are

It was Labor Day when we embarked on the Great Oat Milk Blind Taste Test of 2021. My boyfriend and I had procured six different types of the novel non-dairy milk: Oatly, Oatly Barista Blend, Califia Barista Blend, Silk, Planet Oat Extra Creamy, and Chobani Extra Creamy. I went into…

THIS IS US

And taught me what’s really important in life

The NBA post-season ended in July, the Olympics came and went in August, the US Open was over before I knew it in September, so when the football season kicked off last weekend, I was thrilled. Before Covid, I could not have told you the difference between a shortstop and…

Graphic surgery videos became my Covid comfort food

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to make you start paying attention to your own body, and bodies in general, in a whole new way. Devoid of all stimulus except for media consumption, I’ve spent much of the last year and a half looking for things to watch that distract…

The rich and famous once offered escapism. Now they’re just a constant reminder of how unequal things are.

As a longtime consumer of all things celebrity, I’ve been using famous people to escape from myself for as long as I can remember. When I was little, celebrities were my own personal Barbie dolls. My sister and I would play intricate games where we would pretend to be various…

Turning away from the physical world and toward social media might feel right. But now is the perfect time to let it go.

Shortly before the coronavirus became a full-fledged global pandemic, I chose to go on an indefinite social media hiatus. I would only log on every couple of weeks to share my articles — an unfortunate requirement of my job — and then promptly log the fuck off. I’ve long had…

During a global pandemic, it turns out that celebrities are just like us: stuck at home but certain everyone wants to hear from them

As celebrities hole up in enormous mansions across the country, it’s become clear, as days turn into weeks, that they are desperate for someone, anyone, to listen to them. Broadcasting from their finished basements, wood-paneled kitchens, and enormous jacuzzi tubs, the coronavirus pandemic has established a new genre of tone-deaf…

Eve Peyser

nyc native living in reno. read my writing in the new york times, nymag, vice, and more.

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