All That We’ve Lost

“One year on from the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still too early to explain all the whys of that which has been taken from us. We still need to name the what—loved ones, but also jobs, relationships, big breaks, last chances—and the what is vast.”

Source: Esquire
Published: Mar 10, 2021
Length: 29 minutes (7,281 words)

A Heart Is Not a Nation

Jeff Sharlet explores hate and Trumpism in America.

Source: Bookforum
Published: Nov 4, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,729 words)


After a heart attack (perhaps two heart attacks), Jeff Sharlet searches for meaning in his own mortality, “This brilliant darkness, with which I am coming to terms.”

Source: VQR
Published: Jul 1, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,022 words)

Pew Research

Jeff Sharlet’s review of Frances FitzGerald’s new book, The Evangelicals, is itself an important history lesson on American evangelism and politics.

Published: May 16, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,682 words)

The Ministry of Fun

Celebrities, skinny jeans, reality TV ─ Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. has it all, including DJs working the baptism. This is the new breed of Capitalist America’s pastors.

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 30, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,286 words)

Are You Man Enough for the Men’s Rights Movement?

Sharlet reports from the first national gathering of a large group of “men’s rights activists,” who are convinced that the male species is being endangered by feminists.

Source: GQ
Published: Feb 25, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5,403 words)

A Resourceful Woman

“Mary Mazur, 61, shrank into the blankets, muttering into the leaves, whispering to her only friend.” An Instagram essay by Jeff Sharlet.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 17, 2015
Length: 23 minutes (5,994 words)

#Nightshift: Minneapolis

“She loved me. I’ll probably never see her again.” Excerpts from an Instagram essay.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 1, 2014
Length: 6 minutes (1,500 words)

#Nightshift: Excerpts from an Instagram Essay

Late night at the Dunkin Donuts: A series of stories by Jeff Sharlet.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 1, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2,802 words)

Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia

Violence, threats and living in fear that things are only going to get worse:

“Something is coming,” says Pavel. What it will be, he’s not sure. He’s worried about “special departments” in local police stations, dedicated to removing children from gay homes. He’s worried about a co-worker discovering him. He is worried about blackmail. He is worried, and he does not know what else to do. He wishes he could fight, but he doesn’t know how. Sign a petition? March in a parade? Pavel would never do that now. “My children,” he murmurs. “This law,” he says, referring to the ban on “propaganda.” “If something happens, it touches only me. And I can protect myself.” But the next law: “This is about my child. My baby.” If the next law passes, they will leave. The two women are doctors and Nik works in higher education, careers that will require new certification. Which means that only Pavel, a manager for the state oil company, will be able to work right away. They will be poor, but they will leave. They might have to separate, Pavel and Irina and Emma to Israel, where Irina can become a citizen, Nik and Zoya and Kristina to any country that will take them. They might have to become the couples they pretend to be. For now, they are staying. “We’re going to teach them,” he says of his two little girls, Emma and Kristina. “How to protect themselves. How to keep silence.”

Source: GQ
Published: Feb 4, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7,543 words)