White Ink and the Great American Macho

There are numerous ways to tell stories. In her turn of the century MFA program, one writer encountered a literary culture that espoused gendered aesthetics and centered on the idea of male genius, in turn marginalizing any forms that went against its preferred linear, narrative, economic style ─ against anything “feminine.” Junot Diaz is only part of this story.

Source: Iowa Review
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,700 words)

It Comes in Waves

In this personal essay, years after her cousin was killed, Lilly Dancyger is haunted by images of murdered women in the news.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 16, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,790 words)

I Toured the ‘Brady Bunch’ House and It Did Not Go As Planned

To try to create more viewers from an aging generation who grew up on The Brady Bunch, HGTV created a show about renovating the Brady’s iconic home, but this 1970s nostalgia wasn’t all good vibes and sunny skies.

Author: Joel Stein
Source: GEN
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,816 words)

‘Soulful Vanilla Child’: When Pink Was Black

As a kid, the author mistook the pop/R&B artist Pink for a light-skinned black woman. In this reported essay, she takes a look at the cultural forces that encouraged that misconception.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,975 words)

What College Admissions Offices Really Want

An investigation into the difference between the diversity colleges say they want, and what their bottom lines demand.

Author: Paul Tough
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,030 words)

What Is Happening to My Body?

Devorah Heitner reflects on the ways she is reclaiming her relationship to her own body while grappling with the legacy of her mother’s poor body image and early death.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,869 words)

Why Women’s Soccer Players Are Worried About Their Brains

Dr. Ann McKee of the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank has collected one hundred or so brains to be analyzed for CTE, and yet just five percent of those brains available for analysis by one of the nation’s preeminent CTE researchers come from women. Fader, a B/R Mag staff writer, examines concussions, CTE, and whether we are on the precipice of a rash of CTE diagnoses within women’s sports.

Source: B/R Mag
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,448 words)

When Choice is 221 Miles Away

A post-Roe world is already here for women in Mississippi who need abortions.

Source: Mother Jones
Published: Sep 11, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,014 words)

Competitive Oyster Shucking Is Real, Decadent, And China’s Best Party

Inside the rise of oyster shucking competitions in China, a phenomenon with its roots across the Atlantic Ocean that has found a niche within the country’s most westernized pockets.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Sep 11, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,725 words)

I Was Caroline Calloway

Seven years as an Instagram-famous writer’s right-hand woman.

Source: The Cut
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 31 minutes (7,833 words)