a skin disease causing inflammation, itching, and hair loss
See, in Shakespearean times, these were the poor people who would have to stand in the front of the stage and got called out (unfairly, IMO) for being rowdy and smelly and having the
mange or whatnot.
overly conceited or arrogant
And then there were the
snooty people in the back, who got to sit in, like, covered areas and look down at the groundlings and feel all superior in their silk feathered hats.
a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect
Maybe I’ll ask Dadi if she knows any
incantations that’ll grow me a courage gland.
found in the ordinary course of events
Her dad, James Tanaka, is a world-famous artist who regularly challenges ideas of the
mundane with his mixed-media pieces and has gallery showings in the United States, Tokyo, Paris, and London (literally what it says on his website in the “about” section).
express strong disapproval of
Meanwhile, I’m like, maybe I’ll waitress/travel after high school? Or go to film school at USC if I can get a scholarship? Or live in my parents’ house forever,
decrying the death of the arts?
taxonomic group containing one or more species
Being a human belonging to the wallflower
genus, I’m kinda used to swallowing my words instead of speaking them.
widen or spread apart
He was sitting there, his legs
splayed like he owned the place.
lean but strong
He sat at a table with his best friends, Skid (white, short, and
wiry) and Aaron (the only black and openly gay person in our class; seriously, diversity, PPC. Look it up).
in a manner showing anger at something unjust or wrong
His mustache quivered
indignantly, almost independent of his face.
I stuffed the remaining napkins back into the holder and then stood up to face mustachioed Stan, who was watching this unfold with
unadulterated glee beaming off his annoying, dictatorial face.
a quick reply to a question or remark
But by the time I’d decided to
rejoinder with a perfectly acceptable, “Pretty good, and you?” his back was already to me.
stare or look at, especially with amorous intentions
I’d missed what Sahil was saying—again—because I was
ogling his brother.
contemptibly small in amount
Midsummer Night was the biggest event of the year at PPC, before we got our
measly one-month-long summer break.
first in rank or degree
Mission statements were Maddie’s idea from three years ago. Hers is “To become the
premier physician-scientist working in the realm of gender-based medicine and, specifically, takotsubo cardiomyopathy as it affects women.”
impairing strength and vitality
debilitating shyness, a spark of excitement began to fizz and pop inside me.
He laughed a little and then
loped off quickly, awkwardly dodging a trash can in the hallway at the last minute.
driven by lust
lasciviously.I wished she wouldn’t broadcast my crush on Maddie FM.
marked by close acquaintance, association, or familiarity
Besides, I’d never, ever made a movie with someone else before. Making art was
a union of interests or purposes among members of a group
Brij is Indian too, so I’ve always felt a little bit of
solidarity with him even though most of the time when he talks I can’t understand what he’s saying because he functions on a completely different level from my own.
the student with the best grades
He needed to spy on Maddie if he was worried about his future
of or pertaining to a number system having 2 as its base
Okay, Brij, maybe you don’t know this, but my IQ is not higher than 1,890 and therefore, like 99.9 percent of the population, I do not speak
a draped dress worn primarily by Hindu women
I walked up our cracked sidewalk and in the front door to find Dadi sitting there in her white cotton
sari on the couch, with her hands on Oso’s cheeks.
away from the correct or expected course
The rest of us mostly put up with it because, well, Dadi’s just Dadi, and so what if we have a few dozen crystals on our windowsills and we’ll probably never get the smell of sage out of the couch and we’re on a first-name basis with the county firefighters because of the number of times her “scrying” experiments have gone
the prevailing current of thought
I stared at Dadi, easily the wisest person I knew, just thinking of how many lives I could change if my movies went
look at critically, searchingly, or in minute detail
Movies have always felt like my thing. This is one area where maybe I won't be
sized up against him.
Huh? you might be asking yourself. What’s she
blathering on about now?
walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
He got a few books out of his locker, slammed it shut, and
sauntered over to us.
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
I kept darting
surreptitious glances at him while also looking straight ahead, as if I had no business gazing directly at this perfect likeness of an Indo-Greek god, high school edition.
on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
Maddie grinned in my
perfectly consistent and coherent
By then I’d fit
seamlessly into Maddie’s circle.
a form of social organization in which men hold power
Jane, your films were about sticking it to the man, snapping back at the
patriarchy by showing strong female protagonists who didn’t conform to gender roles.
the principal character in a work of fiction
Jane, your films were about sticking it to the man, snapping back at the patriarchy by showing strong female
protagonists who didn’t conform to gender roles.
being truly so called; real or genuine
They’d call me Twinkle the Glass Ceiling Smasher, and the world would be engulfed in a
veritable tsunami of movies and plays and stories by women.
make perfect or supply what is wanting
Now his face looked all pink and sweaty, which I’m sure
complemented my purple, sweaty one.
a flamboyant deceiver
He was clearly pumped (as I’d been before I realized I was about to be exposed as a