The Omen of the Wasps’ Nest

As she prepares to leave the home she shared with her ex, Marlene Adelstein finds herself fixated on the husk of a nest hanging in the yard.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 17, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,712 words)

‘Little Grandpa’ and The List

When her grandfather died, Abigail Rasminsky learned about a part of his life she’d known nothing about.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 13, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,208 words)

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Packed With Birds (and Not Just Ravens)

“As the final season of the beloved HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones bashes and burns its way to a conclusion, many fans are already fearing life without their favorite characters. But just as much as I’ll miss Tyrion’s drunken one-liners and Arya’s shape-shifting vengeance, I’ll also miss my other Sunday pastime: birding within the Seven Kingdoms and across the Narrow Sea.”

Source: Audubon
Published: May 9, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,843 words)

Mother/Russia

The Americans shows us one way to write a female antihero.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 13, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,965 words)

The Night the Lights Went Out

“I can also tell you that it can be unpleasant to be the freakshow guy whose brain spontaneously detonated. You don’t want doctors looking at your CAT scans incredulously and being like, ‘Hoo boy! You really did a number on your noggin there!'”

Source: Deadspin
Published: May 16, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,130 words)

This Gen X Mess

A fun, ranging package about Generation X. It includes essays on Evan Dando, The Rules, John Singleton, Grunge music and fashion, CK One, among other 90s touchstones,  plus a piece in which Caity Weaver rewinds 25 years to 1994 and spends a week only using what limited technologies existed then.

Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 94 minutes (23,739 words)

The Curious History of Crap — From Space Junk to Actual Poop

Ziya Tong writes a brief history of human waste — from “night soil” to space junk — in an excerpt from her new book, The Reality Bubble.

Author: Ziya Tong
Source: Backchannel
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,374 words)

Suffering Unseen: The Dark Truth Behind Wildlife Tourism

Hey, woke American tourist in Thailand: the same organization running that cruelty-free elephant viewing experience at the eco-lodge also owns the cruelty-infused elephant show down the road, and the elephants are the same.

Published: May 15, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,295 words)

The Cure For Your Next Infection May Come From Sewage

As our resistance to antibiotics soars, scientists find hope in phages – helpful viruses found in particularly disgusting places.

Source: Vox
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,587 words)

The GOP Has Its Final Anti-Abortion Victory in Sight

They’ve been playing a long, long game that leads to the death of Roe v. Wade by a thousand procedural cuts. Or for women, death by botched underground abortion.

Source: Slate
Published: May 14, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,221 words)