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Unhinged includes writing that doesn't fit into our other categories (essays, memoirs or fiction)—often, these pieces tend to have a little bit of everything. All Unhinged aricles are listed below, by date. If you are looking for a particular subject, try searching our archives.

 
Stolen Biography of a Father
She wasn’t part of his old life; she’s afraid it will return and steal him from her. By Valeria Vegas. Date: 11/15/04

Romantic Comedy
We’re rooting for love, in the end, no matter how absurd the premise, how contrived the plot, how bad the movie. By Tod Goldberg. Date: 03/1/04

In the Details
Come as you are; go as you will. Or at least that's what Heather Panico thought. Date: 09/1/03

A Car Called Harold
There wasn't much to Harold. He ran—that's about the best thing you could say about him. By Aviva Luria. Date: 06/1/03

Defilements
He saved himself in Buddha's arms. And everyone else be dammed. By Jaimee Jackson. Date: 03/1/03

The Perfect Is There
Bittersweet eulogy. Some chess masters sacrifice their queens early on—that strategy is beyond me. By CE Piper. Date: 11/1/02

Playing the Fool  Short'n'quick
Getting it all wrong. Heather Kirk takes a look at her own contradictory tendencies and comes to a simple conclusion. Date: 11/1/02

I Am a Ball Bearing
Fear that eats love that eats life. Welcome to Gary Cozine's Mutant World, where it's all about avoiding the Big Hurt. Date: 08/1/02

Self-Portrait in Discards
Love as trash: flotsam, jetsam, scum. E. A. Bagby sifts through scraps of food, old flames, and the remains of a lingering crush. Date: 05/1/02

Late-Breaking Yew-Berry News from the Madman's Love Shack
Temporary insanity? Adrian Blevins revisits a bizarre affair with a tall, good-looking, articulate psychotic alcoholic. Date: 03/1/02

When Marje Threw the Big One at Me  From th U.K.
Two tickets to Edinburgh. Capital city bound, Alan Varty's mind, mouth and heart stop for a long, long instant. Date: 02/1/02

Torn Flesh
We were too insecure, back then. She hated to 'lose.' I loved to 'win.' By Lenny Karpman. Date: 11/1/01

Summer Rain
Seventeen years since the first summer. Always the rain outside, battering, our shoulders against the doors. By Cynthia Kim. Date: 10/1/01

Blowing It in Idaho
It's wine hour at the Hotel McCall when Stephen Lyons ponders the changing seasons, flying cast-iron skillets, and how rare second chances can be. Date: 09/1/01

Secret World  
Or did we not try hard enough? I never imagined, writes Annie Leyson, I could feel so close to someone, and not be in love. Date: 06/1/01

Cupid Shoots Nerf  
When you're a relationship Cowboy, writes Brian Grosz, it's a long lonely ride to that One-Horse Town. Date: 05/1/01

Portrait of My X  
He wants me, I suppose, to get over it. But I still want to punish him for all the treacheries between us. By Adrian Blevins. Date: 05/1/01

Restraint Mechanism  
Wishing something had held you back? If it's meant to be frivolous sex, why doesn't it feel that way? By Jandro. Date: 02/1/01

What I Mean By That
Before, he never had much to do with food. But ever since he married Jill, Jeff Stimpson has learned a thing or two.  Date: 02/1/01

Nothing to It  From th U.K.
But seriously, what do lovers do? Where do they go? These and other questions explored by Mr. Leather Boots, Alan Varty.  Date: 12/1/00

Women Who Can't Speak and the Man Who Dates Them
When syntax gets in the way of intimacy. Tony Soltis figures out why he couldn't deal with bad grammar.  Date: 11/1/00

The Unwritten Rule  Short'n'quick
Thou shalt not be friends with your ex. So simple, yet so hard to do. By Krissy Smith.  Date: 10/1/00

How to Recover from a Broken Heart in 101 Simple Steps
Break-up pain, in painstaking detail. Scott Kirkwood's classic insights and wisdom on achy heart repair.  Date: 10/1/00

Back When I Dated a Jealous Woman
The real bad awful truth about jealousy. Which is that it's a better thing than most people will ever own up to. By Jandro.  Date: 7/1/00

Morning-After Behavior
Waking up after a one-night-stand made simple - with Lee Caglioti's easy-to-follow Dos and Don'ts.  Date: 7/1/00

How to Sleep With Your Friends
- It Would Be Wrong, but she also realizes It Is Inevitable. By India Johnston.  Date: 5/1/00

Comes Love
A song for every heart-condition - Classic tunes paint the scenes in Jandro's love-song tribute.  Date: 4/3/00

 

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