Posts by Jordan Castro

November 25, 2016 | Fiction

Naming What We Know

Jordan Castro

Violette moved away from Calvin toward a group of rhododendrons.

Calvin felt calm.

He thought about God.

December 25, 2015 |

The GwalaCost // Ep. 4: Happy GwalaDays!!!

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Jordan Castro writes about rapper Peewee Longway, memories of his dad and Run-D.M.C., his views on Christmas over the years, and some of his favorite Christmas rap lines.

November 20, 2015 |

The GwalaCost // Ep. 3: Sauce or No Sauce?

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From Osama Bin Laden to the WNBA, Jordan Castro and friends explore who/what has sauce, and who/what doesn't.

October 31, 2015 |

The GwalaCost // Ep. 2

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Jordan Castro reviews rapper Travis Scott's debut studio album Rodeo.

October 10, 2015 |

The GwalaCost // Ep. 1

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Jordan Castro's thoughts re: Young Thug's Slime Season and Drake/Future's What A Time To Be Alive in the first installment of his new column re: rap & rap-related things, "The GwalaCost."

October 3, 2015 |

Some Thoughts Re: "Slang"

Jordan Castro

Jordan Castro writes some jumbled thoughts re: "slang" then writes about some words that he likes...

July 15, 2015 |

All My Coworkers When I Worked At Zeppe's

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In 2011, while addicted to heroin, I briefly delivered pizza for Zeppe's, a chain restaurant in rural Northeast Ohio. 

January 1, 2015 |

Crippling Anxiety And Self-Centered Fear: An Unedited Journal Entry Style Thing

Jordan Castro

There is nothing romantic about being young and dark and confused. Pain is real. It's funny on Twitter but it sucks irl. 

December 31, 2014 |

My Favorite Art (And Other) Things In 2014

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A while ago, I predicted Taylor Swift's career arc, and so far, I'm correct.

December 20, 2014 |

A Comprehensive History Of Me In Terms Of Dancing

Jordan Castro

Age 10: Wrote an essay for school about how I wanted to be a rapper when I grew up. When I got home and told my dad about it he said "Rap for me" then lay in my bed while I rapped "Lose Yourself" by Eminem for him. When I finished he told me I needed to "get into it more, not just stand there with [my] hands in my pockets."


November 22, 2014 |

My Dog Is My Girlfriend

Jordan Castro

My feelings of purposelessness and inadequacy vanished. My feelings of self-pity and despair were replaced by love and affection. No more sleeping around. No more yearning for The One. I had found Her. She was here.

August 23, 2014 |


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I had my bags packed and was getting ready to leave with two insane-seeming girls who offered me sex in exchange for a ride to Cleveland when a few patients stopped me and essentially pushed me into the lecture hall. I don't know why I didn't put up more of a fight -

May 15, 2014 | Nonfiction


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Versace "Medusa" V-Neck T-Shirt

This is the first article of designer clothing I ever owned. A month or so after I got out of rehab my grandma gave me a Nordstrom gift card for my birthday and

May 13, 2014 | Poetry

3 Poems

Jordan Castro

he said 'i think i work out just as like, an excuse to drink protein, you know?'

January 29, 2014 | Nonfiction

I Became A Pop Music Fan In Rehab

Jordan Castro

On August 23, 2013 I checked into an inpatient treatment center in middle-of-nowhere Ohio to get off heroin and other drugs. Besides detoxing me safely, teaching me things about drug addiction and