The Loneliness Recipe

In searching for a Korean radish called mu in a bid to make her grandmother’s soup, Vivien Lee meditates on family and food — what it means to be Korean in the West — where the burning desire for individuality is at odds with the communal approach to life, food, and family in the East.

Author: Vivien Lee
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Apr 11, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,552 words)

A Place of Absorption

Katherine Laidlaw recalls an abusive relationship in which her boyfriend threatened her with a boxcutter. In examining why she stayed as long as she did, she observes how the emotional scars affect her thinking and perception in what should be a new, exciting relationship — to the point where “Everything now — a flicker of tone, a sideways glance, a distant voice on the end of the phone — is a sign, a flag, a warning.”

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,183 words)

Uncommon Ancestry

How fertility doctors impregnating their own clients is more common than you might think and on how the law around tracking sperm donors and donations is impotent against the problem.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,341 words)

The Meaning of Allahu Akbar

An essay on the many true and beautiful meanings you’ve never heard of behind “takbir” — the expression of Muslim faith, “Allahu Akbar” — literally, “God is great.”

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Feb 9, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,538 words)

‘Failing is a Skill of General Utility’: An Interview with Sarah Manguso

Anna Furman interviews Sarah Manguso about the process of writing her new book, 300 Arguments, her writing influences, failure and thwarted ambition, and how she’s sleeping post-inauguration.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Feb 10, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,658 words)

Butches, Femmes, and Mobsters: The Three Lives of Malvina Schwartz

“Moms Mabley? She was a very good friend of mine. We used to go to the Theresa Hotel, Frank’s Restaurant, and Johnny Walker’s—that was the one black gay bar, uptown. Billie Holiday used to come there, and Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan. Everything was accepted. You were just another freak, barking along.”

Author: Hugh Ryan
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Oct 12, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,855 words)

Snarling Girl

An essay on ambition to end all essays on ambition.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Oct 6, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6,504 words)

How to Keep Running

“I’d run away to write a book, to live the expat dream, to escape a tailspin of bad relationships with sketchy dudes. I’d only succeeded in one of those ventures.”

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Aug 29, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,946 words)

Best Sisters

“The way we describe ability and care has changed over the centuries, but my relationship with Kiddo doesn’t need to be defined.”

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Aug 23, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,592 words)

A Diamond and a Kiss: The Women of John Hughes

Revisiting the women of John Hughes’ ’80s teen films, whose complex characters were unable to avoid the trap of aspiring to domestic ideals of how women should be.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Jul 5, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8,447 words)