The Beat of Dissent

Dissident rappers surface as powerful antagonists against Angola’s corrupt kleptocracy.

Source: Even Magazine
Published: Jan 26, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,056 words)

No Cinderella: Margo Jefferson on the Real Meghan Markle

Margo Jefferson, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Negroland, takes a probing look at the union of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Source: Guardian
Published: May 5, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,771 words)

Willful Waters

For the first time in decades, Angelinos have taken a profound interest in their own Los Angeles River, reclaiming parts of its concrete-lined course as parks and bike paths and plotting its rebirth. The river’s history shows that history is cyclical, not linear.

Source: Places
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,763 words)

A Tiny Scar, From Falling

A personal essay in which Lara B. Sharp’s efforts to gather information about what happened to her in foster care and as a ward of the state turn up nothing but incorrect records.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 21, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,955 words)

We Depend on Plastic. Now We’re Drowning In it.

The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.

Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,823 words)

The Decline of Snapchat and the Secret Joy of Internet Ghost Towns

As once-popular Snapchat becomes an increasingly irrelevant platform, Helena Fitzgerald finds beauty in its uselessness.

Source: The Verge
Published: May 18, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,394 words)

Your Stoke Won’t Save Us

Outdoorsy types may love recreating in nature, but that doesn’t make them conservationists.

Published: May 14, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,944 words)

Politics and Prose

A personal essay in which Marie Myung-Ok Lee finds herself conflicted about attending a controversial author’s reading and wonders: what does “speaking up” actually mean?

Source: Longreads
Published: May 17, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,630 words)

In a rare interview, Elena Ferrante describes the writing process behind the Neapolitan novels

“In my mind, there remains the impression of a tidal wave, and when it’s gone, you’re happy that you’re still alive.”

Published: May 17, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,302 words)

The Wisdom of Running a 2,189-Mile Marathon

Paul Bisceglio surveys three new books that consider the brain’s role in extreme endurance sports and how a large part of high performance is often all in our heads.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 13, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,121 words)