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1. You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?

Jon Mooallem | The New York Times Magazine | July 16, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,606 words)

Mooallem follows two ex-convicts who pick up inmates the day they are released and help them navigate through their first day of freedom.

2. What’s In a Name?

Heather Matarazzo | heathermatarazzo.wordpress.com | July 21, 2015 | 7 minutes (1,770 words)

Heather Matarazzo reflects on a childhood search for her biological parents, and a tense confrontation with her mother that followed.

3. Joe Gould’s Teeth

Jill Lepore | The New Yorker | July 23, 2015 | 42 minutes (10,528 words)

Lepore investigates the story of the longest book ever written.

4. How Not to Be Elizabeth Gilbert

Jessa Crispin | Boston Review | July 20, 2015 | 10 minutes (2,540 words)

On the canon of female travel writers.

5. On Our Fascination with Twins

Nick Ripatrazone | Literary Hub | July 14, 2015 | 7 minutes (1,893 words)

A brief history of twins in literature.