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Detailing photo
August 8, 2020 | My First...

Detailing

Alina Stefanescu

I removed an aluminum tab from my son's mouth and told my friend her eyebrows looked good. Her heart seemed full.

My First Name photo
May 9, 2020 | My First...

My First Name

Siân Griffiths

This new doctor smiles as he enters the room, as if we’re sharing a joke though we’ve never met before. “Tell me,” he says, “how many people get your name right on the first try?”

My First NIN: The Downward Spiral photo
May 2, 2020 | My First...

My First NIN: The Downward Spiral

Greg Oldfield

I remember the next morning, puking, shaking violently, asking for God’s mercy. There was too much light coming through the blinds. I was a living, breathing version of “Hurt.” 

My First CD: Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine photo
May 2, 2020 | My First...

My First CD: Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine

Scott Daughtridge DeMer

I didn’t have headphones for my CD player, so when my parents were home I kept the volume low. At night when they went to bed I played it at a barely audible level and hugged the machine against my ear.

My First (and Last) Great Curve photo
April 18, 2020 | My First..., BASEBALL

My First (and Last) Great Curve

Samuel Ashworth

When I was nine my grandfather taped every episode of Ken Burns’s Baseball and mailed me the VHS tapes from Kansas City.... more

T206 photo
April 11, 2020 | My First..., BASEBALL

T206

T.J. Larkey

At first I thought he meant food, but he never asked what I wanted.

My First Lucky Shirt photo
April 4, 2020 | My First..., BASEBALL

My First Lucky Shirt

Sandra Marchetti

I’ve been going to ballgames since I was a young kid, and when I was a tween I discovered this old t-shirt of my dad’s.

My First CD: Weezer's Blue Album photo
March 28, 2020 | My First...

My First CD: Weezer's Blue Album

D.T. Robbins

Parker is the coolest kid in fourth grade. Everyone thinks so. If Parker says something is cool, it’s cool. Period. I don’t know any better, yet. Parker says this band that sings a song about Buddy Holly is cool. I ask around but none of the other fourth graders know what I’m talking about.

My First Sexy Halloween photo
March 21, 2020 | My First...

My First Sexy Halloween

Lindsey Wente

I walked through the senior hallway, heart beating fast. The boys’ stares burned into my skin as they whispered things to each other.

My First Cd: Avril Lavigne, Let Go photo
March 14, 2020 | My First...

My First Cd: Avril Lavigne, Let Go

Sarah Ruth Bates

It’s the first time I remember feeling that superstrong tween indignation that he’d taken something that was supposed to be just mine.

My First Concert: Kenny Rogers in a Roller Skating Rink on Valentine's Day photo
March 7, 2020 | My First...

My First Concert: Kenny Rogers in a Roller Skating Rink on Valentine's Day

Andrea Laurion

I could never straighten my legs for a cartwheel and with roller skating, I could never move them right.

My First Edible photo
February 29, 2020 | My First...

My First Edible

Dorothy Rice

I used to write in circles. Starting in the center.

My First Apartment photo
February 22, 2020 | My First...

My First Apartment

Emma Brewer

The next day, I woke first and made French toast. I had a teenaged hangover, buzzing and giddy.

My First Stuffed Animal: Leopard photo
February 15, 2020 | My First...

My First Stuffed Animal: Leopard

Nicholas A. White

During our first few years together, Leopard went through the washing machine after I peed on him, many times.

My First CD: Dr. Dre's The Chronic photo
February 8, 2020 | My First...

My First CD: Dr. Dre's The Chronic

Phillip Scott Mandel

My Magic cards were the coolest thing about me.

My First Dirty Magazine: A Roadside Stash photo
February 1, 2020 | My First...

My First Dirty Magazine: A Roadside Stash

Blake Kimzey

What stands out in my memory now is the silence in that barn.

My First Porn Video  photo
January 25, 2020 | My First...

My First Porn Video 

Adeniyi Ademoroti

You would have believed on the screen was where my attention stayed.

My First Real Sneakers photo
January 18, 2020 | My First...

My First Real Sneakers

Christian Aguiar

There was no way you could have a pair of Nikes and get clowned.

The Comet photo
November 7, 2019 | My First..., Nonfiction

The Comet

Dan Higgins

I just remember the room dense with familiar sound, the melancholy howl of the perfectly in-tune saxophones, the electric brilliance of trumpets, a drummer with eight arms; my mother looking over at me, expectantly, as if to say, “This is what you wanted, right? This is making you happy?”

 

My First Game Console: Nintendo Entertainment System photo
September 21, 2019 | My First...

My First Game Console: Nintendo Entertainment System

David Armand

My wife and kids and I are driving around in New Orleans, not too far from where I spent the first... more

My First Car: A Melted Ford Explorer photo
September 14, 2019 | My First...

My First Car: A Melted Ford Explorer

Cordelia Wilks

By the time the keys were in my eager teenaged hand, this car had been through some shit. Even ignoring the holes burned into the driver’s-side door, the missing half of the left side mirror, and the warped, discolored metal down the rest of the vehicle, the car was 13 years old already, and it looked it.

My First Weapon photo
August 3, 2019 | My First...

My First Weapon

Laura Todd Carns

My first boyfriend collected knives. He was the kind of boy who listened to Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne, who liked to draw superheroes... more

My First CD: Cher's Believe photo
July 20, 2019 | My First...

My First CD: Cher's Believe

Doug Paul Case

I don’t remember when portable CD players came out, but I know the one my aunt got me for Christmas was the first to arrive... more

My First Car: '86 powder blue Hyundai named Carolyn photo
July 20, 2019 | My First...

My First Car: '86 powder blue Hyundai named Carolyn

Melissa Ragsly

That first year of having her, I would drive by myself, just to feel that relief of no anxiety. I... more

My First Car: '97 Chevrolet Blazer photo
July 13, 2019 | My First...

My First Car: '97 Chevrolet Blazer

Parker Young

The dog ran alongside me for about twenty yards, then I hit it. Or maybe it hit me. I still don’t know. I felt sick.

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