This week, we’re sharing stories from Rukmini Callimachi, Annie Waldman and Joshua Kaplan, Jesmyn Ward, Hillery Stone, and Alice Driver.
Rukmini Callimachi | The New York Times | September 3, 2020 | 26 minutes (6,500 words)
Two months before she was killed in her home in Louisville, Breonna Taylor tweeted triumphantly, “2020 deff gonna be my year WATCH!”
Annie Waldman, Joshua Kaplan | ProPublica | September 2, 2020 | 28 minutes (7,029 words)
In New Orleans, hospitals sent infected COVID patients into hospice facilities or back home to die — to family members untrained and unprepared to care for them — and in some cases discontinuing treatment against the family’s wishes.
Jesmyn Ward | Vanity Fair | September 1, 2020 | 8 minutes (2,146 words)
“The acclaimed novelist lost her beloved husband—the father of her children—as COVID-19 swept across the country. She writes through their story, and her grief.”
Hillery Stone | Guernica Magazine | August 26, 2020 | 14 minutes (3,691 words)
“Tucked far away with my children, this is where I feel safest and most afraid.”
Alice Driver | Oxford American | August 25, 2020 | 8 minutes (1,914 words)
Alice Driver shares the story of her dad’s wish to build his own tomb on his own land. “He wanted his death, like his life, to be a work of art—a tomb he designed and filled with ceramics—and one that would allow him to define death on his own terms.”