This week's reading list by Emily Perper includes stories from The Rumpus, The New York Times, The Millions, and The Toast.
Our story picks this week include The Atlantic, The Toast, Los Angeles Times, Outside and At Length, with a guest pick by Nolan Feeney.
The writer discovers a family secret:
"The first time I heard about my father’s godfather was at a family dinner. We were in my grandmother’s dining room celebrating my father’s birthday. It was the usual ritual of slicing the cake with the silver triangle onto the square, flowered plates, passing each one to my grandmother to slowly scoop ice cream upon, like a queen giving her blessing. Along with that were the usual jokes about my father’s birth and therefore his peculiar place in the family–how he was ten years younger than his siblings, and really, if we are being honest, an accident.
"'A damn good accident!' my grandmother would say from the end of the table, the light from the chandelier gauzy on her cheekbones. And we would laugh. When I was eleven, I saw my aunt, my father’s sister, lean over to my mother and mutter, 'And of course we all know about Bobby Putnam.'"
PUBLISHED: Aug. 16, 2013
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3307 words)
Picks from Emily Perper
, a freelance editor and reporter who blogs about her favorite longreads at Diet Coker
. This week's picks include stories from New York magazine, The Toast, and Medium.
From 2003: In her dazzling "Autobiography of a Face," Lucy Grealy detailed her quest to reclaim her jaw, disfigured by cancer. Suddenly, she was the toast of literary New York, beloved for her quick wit and wild streak, saluted for her grit. But her endless surgeries left her so weak, impoverished, and dependent on drugs that even her dearest friends couldn’t save her.
PUBLISHED: July 1, 2003
LENGTH: 28 minutes (7237 words)