This week, we’re sharing stories from James Hamblin, Josina Guess, Edward Carey, Paraic O’Donnell, and Ruth Graham.
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* Bundyville. (Deeply reported and up for a National Magazine Award.)
* Queens of Infamy. (Delightfully nerdy historical satire.)
* Fine Lines. (Thoughtful personal essays on aging.)
* Shelved. (Deep dives into ditched deep cuts.)
* Hive. (Women on the music that moves them.)
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James Hamblin | The Atlantic | February 24, 2020 | 12 minutes (3,045 words)
You might not know you have it, though.
Josina Guess | The Bitter Southerner | February 27, 2020 | 8 minutes (2,143 words)
In this haunting essay, Josina Guess confronts South Carolina’s violent racist past when she discovers, over time, newspapers in her yard telling the story of Willie Earle’s 1947 mass lynching and the subsequent acquittal of all 31 accused.
Edward Carey | Texas Highways | February 1, 2020 | 9 minutes (2,457 words)
A journey through the Big Thicket of Texas.
Paraic O’Donnell | The Irish Times | February 11, 2020 | 23 minutes (5,757 words)
“It’s not that you surrender, in the end. Even surrender takes effort, and you just don’t have the energy.”
Ruth Graham | Slate | February 27, 2020 | 19 minutes (4,852 words)
A small Georgia town, a prophecy about Donald Trump, and the story of how a miracle fell apart.