Rise of the Robots

Driving trucks is the second most popular job for Canadian men, now autonomous truck technology threatens to put many out of work. Having seen automation replace bank tellers and elevator operators, some drivers are planning ahead for a driverless future.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,580 words)

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

We is an escape hatch. We is cheap. We is a way of simultaneously sloughing off personal responsibility and taking on the mantle of easy authority.”

Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,175 words)

How to Say You Maybe Don’t Want to Be Married Anymore

In this personal essay, Sarah Bregel takes a close look at her marriage after two kids, and wonders, how hard is too hard to keep going?

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,671 words)

Bumpy Ride: Why America’s Roads Are in Tatters

“Roads symbolize one of the fundamental contracts between a government and its citizens,” Dale Maharidge reports in Harper’s Magazine, with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. “If the roads are failing, it means government is failing.”

Published: Nov 1, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future

Leslie Jamison profiles several long-term, hard-core users of Second Life, an online platform in which you create a fantasy alter-ego. Your “selective self” resides in a virtual world that allows you to leave behind everything you don’t like about yourself and your real life.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,171 words)

The U.S. Flooded One of Houston’s Richest Neighborhoods to Save Everyone Else

During Hurricane Harvey, the Army Corp of Engineers decided to flood Houston’s Buffalo Bayou instead of risking a dam collapse, destroying one of the city’s most affluent suburbs. This meant that Harvey’s legacy wouldn’t be death, but something just as enduring — the lawsuit.

Published: Nov 16, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

The Third Life of Richard Miles

Richard Miles spent 15 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The state of Texas compensated Miles for his wrongful conviction, but life after vindication has come with its own set of challenges.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,753 words)

The Most Hated Poet in Portland

Why did the internet turn on this self-published poet? In the history of internet pile-ons, this one rates pretty high.

Author: Laura Yan
Source: The Outline
Published: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,336 words)

The Life and Death of a Radical Sisterhood

For New York Magazine’s site The Cut, writer Joy Press compiles an oral history of New York Radical Women, a group of theorists and activists who gathered for the first time in the fall of 1967 and, over the course of their existence, helped define many central tenets of late 20th century feminism.

Author: Joy Press
Published: Nov 15, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,163 words)

Parenting Class Dropout

A personal essay in which Paulette Kamenecka recalls how, during her high-risk pregnancy, driven by a longing for normalcy, she tried out a class for parents-to-be.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 17, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,271 words)