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Bijan Stephen

Bijan Stephen is a writer living in New York. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, and elsewhere.


 Photo by Christopher Gregory

Street Fighters

Summer 2017 | Photography

On a hot June afternoon, driven by an anxiety that seems to track with the viciousness of the national mood, I visit an arcade to see if it still has the analgesic effect I craved as a lonely teenager, when I felt especially embattled because, as a black person, I’d begun to realize what America might have in store for me.