On Owning Many Books

“I know that book collections become a pantomime of erudition, or a flex, as I often think when walking past the lit windows of tony brownstones in Brooklyn and catch sight of a large built-in bookcase. And yet when I have ever passed one without the tug of desire?”

Author: Mik Awake
Source: Popula
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 5 minutes (1,358 words)

For Larger Customer, Eating Out Is Still a Daunting Experience

If I have to contort myself to get into a booth or knock a vase of flowers off a too-close table with my ass, my wallet and I are heading elsewhere.

Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,795 words)

A Wild Night at Weed Church

A wild night at weed church is, like, the calmest possible night anywhere else in the world.

Author: Jen Doll
Source: Cosmopolitan
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,080 words)

The End of Poker Night

In this personal essay, Mindy Greenstein looks back on the gambling that was a big part of life with her Holocaust refugee parents.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 13, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,228 words)

Dropping Out With Lil Pump

Underneath this rapper’s diet of weed and codeine cough syrup is a teenage boy living out his celebrity fantasy, a boy who is trapped in the space between his public persona and his eighteen-year-old self.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,443 words)

Where Drag Queens Drop from the Rafters

At Choke Hole—with its flesh overflow and swollen muscles, its ocean creatures and bodybuilder acrobats, its penguins and cockroaches, its green goblins and Silly String snot—the rest of the world’s body binaries, gender-presentation standards, and requirements for glamour go out the window.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

A Deeper South

On two road trips wandering the backroads of the South — taken 20 years apart — Pete Candler discovers many truths about his family and the place he comes from.

Published: Mar 10, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,110 words)

Are We in a Golden Age for Experimental Film Scores?

Pulp Fiction and Garden State created a successful model for soundtracks, but movie directors are now moving away from the curated mixtape formula, and having musicians create idiosyncratic scores to set their films and soundtracks apart.

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Feb 20, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,676 words)

The Tragedy of Baltimore

Since Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore — which once inspired The Wire but in recent years seemed to be experiencing an urban revival — has seen a sharp increase in violent crime amidst  “a failure of order and governance the likes of which few American cities have seen in years.”

Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 34 minutes (8,590 words)

The Sound of Evil

“If you’re a character in a current police procedural or prime-time thriller, there are few more frightening, heart-stopping words than when a polite, clean-shaven man asks in a vaguely European accent, ‘Do you like Bach?'”

Published: Mar 4, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,300 words)