I’m Trans, Disabled, And Tired Of Fighting To Get Into Bathrooms

Christian McMahon remembers growing up transgender and disabled and implores us to remember that acknowledging someone’s humanity is a lot more than simply allowing them to use the washroom they prefer. Acknowledging his unearned privilege as “a small white man with a disability,” he reminds us that everyone deserves the basic human “right to exist safely in public spaces.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,441 words)

What It Was Like To Love Oliver Sacks

A moving excerpt of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me, author Bill Hayes’s new memoir of his intimate relationship with late neuroscientist and author Oliver Sacks.

Author: Bill Hayes
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 14, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,742 words)

The Strange Case Of The Russian Diplomat Who Got His Head Smashed In On Election Day

Sergei Krivov fell from the roof of New York City’s Russian Consulate building and died on its floor, but the consulate said he had a heart attack. Although a Manhattan resident, his name appears in no public records. His listed home address is an office building. The NYPD won’t release the incident report. So what really happened?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 15, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,311 words)

How Black Books Lit My Way Along The Appalachian Trail

Eritrean-American essayist and short story writer Rahawa Haile writes about hiking the Appalachian Trail and traveling through trail towns as a black woman alone. She brings along books by black authors and leaves them behind for others to find at shelters along the way. In keeping with her 2015 Short Story of the Day effort to garner exposure for underrepresented writers, she writes, “This year, I created a library of black excellence along the Appalachian Trail.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 2, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,159 words)

Most Women In Publishing Don’t Have The Luxury Of Being Unlikable

An excerpt of Manjula Martin’s essay anthology, Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living. Gould addresses one of the many double standards in publishing: women authors must be “nice,” accommodating and virtually boundary-less, while men authors suffer no consequences for being real–or even rude.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 6, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,835 words)

1999 Was The Last Time Everything Was Fine

A personal essay nostalgically looking back at 1999, a buoyant time for the economy and publishing–before the bursting of the dot com bubble, a stock market crash, and the plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy Jr., Carolyn Bessett Kennedy, and her sister.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,849 words)

Intake

An investigation into America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, which faces allegations that it profits by routinely locking in patients who don’t need hospitalization.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Dec 7, 2016
Length: 35 minutes (8,789 words)

Michael Chabon Is An Underdog On Top Of The World

A sprawling profile of low-key, down-to-earth Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, whose new novel, Moonglow, out next week, is based on his grandfather’s deathbed confessions to him.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Nov 15, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,910 words)

Here’s What I’m Telling My Brown Son About Trump’s America

In a powerful post-election letter to her half-Indian, half-white 8-year-old son, Jacob tries to prepare him for life as a person of color in America, and to assure him that his Jewish grandparents in Florida love him, even though they voted for Trump.

Author: Mira Jacob
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Nov 10, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,254 words)

What I Learned About Love While Getting High

Veteran HIV/AIDS reporter and Christodora author Tim Murphy’s devastating recollection of a drug addled love affair he had with an older gay couple in the wake of 9/11.

Author: Tim Murphy
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct 15, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,595 words)