Hawai‘i Is Not Our Playground

“To most outsiders, Hawai‘i is defined by the lei-draped, aloha-dispensing, honeymooner-welcoming image of the place. There’s no room for another version to emerge.”

Source: AFAR
Published: Sep 2, 2021
Length: 11 minutes (2,943 words)

Love and Loss in the Mountains

“He has a story he wants to share, about what life looks like afterward. It does not offer Five Easy Steps to Bury Your Pain. He knows how deeply loss can cleave a person. But he also learned that we need other people to help pull us clear of the wreckage.”



Source: Outside
Published: Aug 2, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,355 words)

Rain Boots, Turning Tides, and the Search for a Missing Boy

“When Jason and Ashley put up a memorial for Dylan in Bible Hill’s Holy Well Park—a blanket laden with teddy bears, a toy fishing rod, the boy’s first-ever pair of rain boots hanging from the tree overhead—locals tore it apart and dug a hole beneath it, looking for bones.”


Source: Wired
Published: Sep 9, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,700 words)

The Ambiguous Loss of (Probably) Not Selling My Novel

In a period of trying to sell her novel, Danielle Lazarin reflects on art, waiting, and the space between grief and hope.

Source: LitHub
Published: Sep 2, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,382 words)

The Last Glimpses of California’s Vanishing Hippie Utopias

“When members trickle out of a commune but retain their stake in the property, ownership can become a tricky issue. Often co-owners will refuse to sell their share because of ideological reasons—many members of Northern California’s communes acquired land to liberate it from logging and developers. This is why large, expensive swaths of land sometimes remain uninhabited even after all members of a commune have long since decamped.”


Source: GQ
Published: Sep 9, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,078 words)

The Other Afghan Women

“In the countryside, the endless killing of civilians turned women against the occupiers who claimed to be helping them.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 6, 2021
Length: 39 minutes (9,900 words)

“I Did Not Know It Was a Man”: The Surreal Story of How a Deadly Crash Upended South Dakota Politics

“The public and political reaction to the crash has been driven by a fundamental and, perhaps, ultimately unknowable question, one that will cast a shadow long after Ravnsborg emerges from the criminal and potential civil litigation: Was he really unaware that he hit another man?”

Author: Tom Kludt
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Aug 25, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,386 words)

Death of a Storyteller

“Rare is the actor who can locate the specific in the universal and vice versa. Michael K. Williams was that actor.”

Source: Vulture
Published: Sep 7, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,450 words)

The Public Information Films That Scared Seventies Children for Life

“Public information films – or PIFs to the aficionado – still exist today. We have seen them recently with regards to Covid; government advice on washing our hands, wearing masks and being careful of hugging our friends.

But next to the PIFs of the heyday of the genre, these touchy-feely, nicey-nicey televised messages are like comparing the Teletubbies with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”



Source: The Independent
Published: Aug 27, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,424 words)

From Watching Your Own Funeral to Induced Convulsing… Has The Wellness Industry Gone Too Far?

The weird, and often damaging treatments offered by unregulated wellness retreats.

Source: The Telegraph
Published: Aug 13, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,137 words)