What Lies Beyond: A Reading List About Life and Death

The stories I’ve included this week are about eternal life and the fear we feel while contemplating the lack thereof.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 15, 2017

A Resolute 2017: A Reading List

“As 2017 dawns, I thought I’d check in with my old self, dust off 2016’s goals and set some new intentions.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 1, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Children’s Television: A Reading List

Children’s television programming is always colorful, sometimes educational, and often bizarre. A human-sized hamster wheel? A talking chair? Grown men going to bat for a herd of rainbow-colored ponies? These stories explore the art and economics of making television for kids.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 13, 2016

Why We Resist: Seven Stories About Protest

There are stories here about the Native-led protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, folks standing up to Donald Trump and his white supremacist cronies, and prisoners striking against their miserable living conditions in a racist system.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 4, 2016

A Reading List for Thanksgiving

None of the following stories were written in 2016, but the themes of our contemporary American Thanksgiving traditions—family, identity, history—remain relevant.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 23, 2016

What Comes Next: Confronting a Post-Election America

“This week’s reading list is dedicated to marginalized voices. Some of these stories were written in the wake of this year’s election; others came before. I hope you read these and feel if not heartened, then more determined than ever to protest evil, protect marginalized communities/yourselves and share your lived experiences.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 11, 2016

Creepypasta, Shirley Jackson, and Horror Podcasts: A Halloween Reading Guide

The spookiness doesn’t have to end with the weekend—indulge in classic creepypasta, scary podcasts, and Ms. (Shirley) Jackson on your lunch break.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 30, 2016

The Way We Walk: A Reading List

In the following essays, Antonia Malachik discusses the cultural implications of our aversion to walking; Garnette Cadogan relates how his walks are coded by his skin color, depending on where in the world he is; Adee Braun praises the New York eat-and-walk, and more.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 24, 2016

Present-Day Witchcraft: Seven Stories About Witches

Seven stories about the modern rituals of witchcraft and how they inform our past.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 17, 2016

Full Disclosure: A Reading List About Confessions

In these six stories, a drunk driver confesses via viral video, an ex-Catholic returns to confession, a high-school cheater reveals her indiscretions, and more.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 10, 2016