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I remember it the way a criminal might remember a crime, the where and when more accessible now than the why — the time I cried on the job at Playboy.

I am not the Samantha Hunt who wrote Extreme BDSM for Sexual Freaks, but neither my mother nor my brother-in-law fully believe that.

It’s important to consider what kinds of stories we keep asking writers of color to tell, and that those stories go beyond performing suffering on the page.

"Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her. But she also couldn’t quite fit into their regime." An excerpt from Michelle Dean's new book, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.

Interested in writing personal essays or cultural criticism for BuzzFeed India? Here's everything you need to know.

Here are some of the most beautiful and insightful personal essays written by BuzzFeed News staff and contributors this year (in the order they were published).

The conversation over the viral New Yorker short story “Cat Person” is reiterating the same old bias against personal essays as a frivolous, artless, and feminine form of writing.

Because other people's lives are so much more interesting than your own.

These stories illuminate what it takes, and what it means, to uproot your life in one country and begin it again in a new one.

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Here are some of the most beautiful and insightful personal essays that BuzzFeed staff and contributors wrote this year (in the order they were published).

These essential pieces of writing on the presidential election help explain how we got here in 2016, and imagine where we go now.

Here are some of the most moving and illuminating essays published on BuzzFeed about mental illness, wellness, and the way our minds work.

My life is ruled by order, but when my sister died, I realized there are some things you can never plan for.

My Tinder date stopped seeming like a nice guy the second he couldn't hear me say "no."

A look back at some of the brightest ideas and most beautiful writing about food, health, style and more that we published in the past year.

In no particular order, here are just a few of the many fantastic personal essays we published across BuzzFeed in 2015.

The gun show loophole allows shoppers to buy guns from private dealers without a background check. I stared down a sea of Confederate flags to find out what that's like.

For me, marijuana wasn’t a gateway to harder drugs. It was an exit ramp from my addiction to alcohol.

When I was a teenager, my family left my father and refused to look back.

Two of my adult teeth never showed up. Until I could afford fake ones, I got creative.

In my secular life, I'm a marathoner and stand-up comic. In the eyes of the church, I'm a charity case.

This week, BuzzFeed Ideas shared a series of essays from actors of color on their casting experiences. Read those stories and others from Medium, Jezebel, Pitchfork, The Atlantic, and more.

Exploring subjects from skateboarding to Sylvia Plath, and attempting to write your first novel to jumping into the sea, these are some of our favorite essays we published this year. *Ranked in no particular order*

A woman who confronted her abusive stepfather. A man who bought a house in Detroit for $500. A 33-year-old who suffered and survived a stroke. Reflections on love, loss, and life in these great essays.

When I was 35 and single in New York City, I was convinced I'd be alone forever. Undergoing a costly procedure to buy myself time seemed like the right choice.

Making the decision to have the surgery was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Now I'd never go back.

Think essays are just something boring you write for class? These masterpieces will make you totally reconsider.

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