ByAlizah Salario

Alizah Salario is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Review of Books, at The Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. A former high school English teacher, Alizah taught in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Istanbul before moving to New York. She's an ice cream connoisseur, a wanderer of foreign cities, and a proud organizer of BinderCon NYC.

  1. People say really dumb things about death. A friend of mine once suggested that because my father was difficult, she wasn’t sure I’d be upset about him dying. A friend of my sister’s said she assumed we’d be relieved when our dad died because he was so strict. About six months after my father’s death, a third friend casually asked me over lunch, “Do you ever miss your dad?” as if I probably didn’t. I…