Lloyd’s Mattress

Scott Korb contemplates disgust — his own, yours — at the kind of magical thinking that promises (with fingers crossed) to protect us from all the causes of dying.

Author: Scott Korb
Source: Longreads
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,490 words)

Father’s Little Helper

A personal essay in which, while under the influence of Valium, Scott Korb reflects on all the fathers he could have been and the father he has become.

Author: Scott Korb
Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 12, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,467 words)

Culture Shock

Scott Korb reflects on his white privilege and the state of Florida and its racist history — a state in which his life was irrevocably changed at age 5, when his father was killed by a drunk driver in May, 1982.

Author: Scott Korb
Source: Oxford American
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,278 words)

Writing Our America

“This is our America. It’s our America to write in, and our America to write.” Korb’s essay is adapted from a talk he presented at Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program. It includes advice from writers of “YA fiction, writers for television and stage, of novels and essays, investigative journalism, and criticism” on how we might produce meaningful work in the next four years.

Author: Scott Korb
Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 9, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,200 words)