On Mistaking Whales

“Here whales have been homes. A practical space, shelter and host to meals and births and deaths. Host to the least abstract kinds of love. Familial, romantic, parental. Here whales have made those intimacies, by giving people the capacity to live.”

Source: Granta
Published: Nov 18, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,746 words)

Death Takes the Lagoon

“Ariel Saramandi on the sinking of the MV Wakashio off the coast of Mauritius.”

Source: Granta
Published: Feb 8, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,066 words)

Having and Being Had

“What does it say about capitalism that we have money and want to spend it but we can’t find anything worth buying?”

Author: Eula Biss
Source: Granta
Published: Jan 8, 2021
Length: 7 minutes (1,975 words)

Upirngasaq (Arctic Spring)

“Everyone benefits from a frozen Arctic. The future of the Arctic environment, and the Inuit it supports, is inextricably tied to the future of the planet.”

Source: Granta
Published: Nov 19, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,082 words)

Feeling Bullish: On My Great-Uncle, Gay Matador and Friend of Hemingway

“In his suit, with his pigtail and his montera, he was pure potential: he could be masculine vanquisher or gold-embroidered fairy. He was both, actually, at all times, and nobody who came to see him fight thought any less of him for it.”

Source: Granta
Published: Jun 29, 2020
Length: 47 minutes (11,917 words)

Qualities of Earth

“That violent heteronormative cultures of sex and reproduction among humans are attributed to ‘nature’ feels astonishing after spending time on the allotment. The slutty ingenuity of vegetables when it comes to desire and reproductive methods is a marvel that makes a mockery of conservative ideas of the natural.”

Source: Granta
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,171 words)

The Pandemic, Our Common Story

“Anna Badkhen was researching Eden – the origins of humanity in the Afar Triangle of East Africa – when coronavirus broke out across the world.”

Source: Granta
Published: Apr 16, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,780 words)


One upstate New York resident discovers the violent local history of the farmland she bought. Known as the Anti-Rent War, this history is closely tied with America’s complicated ideal about land ownership and dominion, and resonates far wider than its location suggests.

Source: Granta
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,975 words)


In China, a British expat marveled at the many ways strangers touched each other, creating a common language of the body, during China’s modernization.

Source: Granta
Published: Feb 14, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,184 words)

A Few Words about Fake Breasts

Nell Boeschenstein, writing almost seven years after her prophylactic mastectomy, examines how breasts — whether real or fake, attached to or removed from their original owner — carry an overabundance of personal and cultural meaning.

Source: Granta
Published: Aug 20, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,409 words)