Media coverage of the natural world rarely acknowledges it, but queerness exists everywhere we look. Homosexuality can be found in 1,500 species. In the wild, there are also examples of asexuality, gender fluidity, polyamory, and sexual voraciousness, including gender-swapping fish, sadomasochist snails, genderqueer lions, birthing male seahorses, partially asexual ants, same-sex songbirds and flamingos, aroused […]
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The Heart Wing
The muscle that never stops, until the very end. Is your heart a hardworking pump or a mystic miracle?
Heroes of the Hurricane
When a storm surge swept dozens of wild horses and cattle from the coast of North Carolina, no one expected there to be survivors. Then hoofprints appeared in the sand.
Dreaming of Water with Tiger Salamanders
“There is no more urgent form of communication than going extinct.”
Great American Wasteland
I am of that bit of earth. So I will not let it go. I show up in the small ways I can, which is talking to people, which is why I tell this to you.
Bones, Bones: How to Articulate a Whale
“I have sat inside her rib cage. And yet I know nothing about her.”
What Death Means to Love and What Love Means to Death
“But perhaps it’s neither here nor there how we think about death. Perhaps the work that must be done is in how we think about life.”
The Complicated Capitalism of Plastics
“It might not seem like the right time to talk about plastics…But it is. And the world doesn’t have a moment to waste.”
Nine Longreads Stories Recognized Across This Year’s ‘Best American’ and ‘Year’s Best’ Series
These essays and features across science, food, and sports are worth a read.
A Tall Tree Reading List
Let’s go down to the woods today … with a reading list all about trees.