Boundaries shape the way we live, love and work—but what do our boundaries say about who we are underneath? Our third issue looks at personal space from the inside out through intimate essays, revealing reported features, insightful interviews, gorgeous photography and more.
Here are some of the highlights.
One-on-one conversations with creative people about mental health
“I live in this constant anxious thought that everything is going to be taken away from me.”
“I’m thinking about a scenario where life is respected. Where there is no slavery, there is no injustice, there’s none of these things that have happened to us.”
A collection of reflective, intimate essays
“Hello 911? I’ve barricaded myself in the bedroom because the cleaning service came before I could think of a reason I needed to leave the house for an hour and forty-five minutes.”
“In choosing to share these secrets, my mother crossed another boundary, exposing private family matters to people who felt obligated to plead ignorance.”
“By sticking together the way we did, we carried with us the Cuba my family was forced to leave behind. If we were together, then nothing could tear us apart.”
“I didn't think any sane person would want to live next to their ex.”
“The government even refused to refer to people fleeing the Syrian war as 'refugees,' opting instead for euphemistic 'displaced people'—blurring the legal boundaries around their obligations.”
“I don’t know where they had been hiding, but suddenly there were seven ICE officers, all in uniform.”
Compelling photo essays and illustration that bring boundaries to life
Paola de Grenet
“A neurologist once told us he was fascinated that she ‘presents as normal.’ So very close to what we all pass for, but in the end, her brain creates a boundary she cannot cross, a line that forks the path to the future.”
“For the younger generation, Paris By Night provides a sense of their history and the world their parents grew up in, even if some of the flashy costumes and Liberace-styled acts are occasionally met with an eye-roll.”
When I was a kid I was scared of barbers so my mom cut my hair. As I got older, I realized that barbers could actually be hair therapists. But they could also make things So. Much. Worse.”
Franziska Wittlede and Amazon Turk Workers
What happens when you ask random strangers to draw their boundaries?
Anxy No. 3: 188 pages of captivating, meticulously-crafted storytelling that will change your perspective.