Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle
The Moment: June 4, 1940: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers, is published.
You may know Ariel Schrag from her graphic memoirs, each detailing a year in her life at Berkeley High School in excruciating, heartfelt detail. But this year she channeled all of that awkward energy into her first novel, Adam. The title character is a teenage boy who's mistaken by a tight-knit queer milieu for a trans man and decides to carry on the charade. "It was fun to write about my scene through the eyes of an outsider," says Schrag. "I got to step back and think, I wonder how this L Word viewing party would look to somebody just stepping in?"
Photographed at Schrag's desk in Brooklyn on August 1, 2014