Running Away From Drinking Myself to Death

In this moving essay, Robyn Kanner reflects on achieving 90 days of sobriety at the end of 2018. After realizing that alcohol was not helping her cope with her personal sadnesses and professional disappointments and that everything wasn’t at all fine, she decided to make a change and went for a run. Seeing the beautiful minutia of others’ lives helped inspire her to get to AA, get a sponsor, and above all, stay sober.

Source: Broadly
Published: Jan 7, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,859 words)

How the ‘Spice World’ Movie Became a Deranged, Postmodern Masterpiece

What happened when the Spice Girls decided to make Spice World, their first feature film, twenty years ago? It’s a zany tale involving “Cool Britannia,” one of the highest selling female pop groups of all time, paparazzi, and Meat Loaf as a bus driver who defuses a bomb.

Author: Sirin Kale
Source: Broadly
Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,129 words)

Spending Your Entire Life Wanting to Die

A profile of author Daphne Merkin, whose new memoir, This Close to Happy: A Reckoning With Depression, chronicles her six decades living with deep depression and suicidal thoughts.

Author: Gabby Bess
Source: Broadly
Published: Feb 8, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,480 words)

Wrestling with Demons: The Story of Chyna’s Final Days

Joanie “Chyna” Laurer changed American professional wrestling. She was the first woman to combat men in the WWE, she won multiple championships, and helped women who struggled with body image by challenging America’s perception of female beauty. But she struggled, and her legacy risks being that of a reality show actress and Hollywood casualty.

Source: Broadly
Published: Feb 2, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,206 words)

‘I Feel Like a Fraud’: Confessions of a Broken-Down Domestic Violence Lawyer

After a year of defeats and unforeseen complications, one domestic violence attorney realizes she’d failed to help the abused women she’d set out to protect, and she reassess her objectives.

Source: Broadly
Published: Jul 1, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,831 words)

The Scandalous Legacy of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Collector of Art and Men

Isabella “is not a woman, she is a locomotive—with a Pullman car attached,” Henry James once remarked. Lyz Lenz investigates the woman behind the eponymous Boston museum.

Author: Lyz Lenz
Source: Broadly
Published: Dec 3, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,374 words)