The only concept or experience or core belief that I can attribute my other-ness to is that I just started out a weirdo and I stayed a weirdo. And it took me a long time to embrace my outsidership and see it as a strength rather than a weakness.
People challenge my nerd cred all the time. I just show them the photo of me winning my middle-school science fair wearing my Casio calculator watch and eyeglasses so big they look like they can see the future.
Marriage isn’t a carnival ride.
I thought I was gonna be an attorney so I went to Dartmouth and I was a government major and I minored in environmental policy and I didn’t do anything academically around the arts.
My parents were vegetarians. I’d show up at school this giant black kid with none of the cool clothes and a tofu sandwich and celery sticks.