Stories About My Brother

“I was finally becoming the woman I had always wanted to be, but was heartbroken that my brother, the person I loved more than anyone else in the world, seemingly hated that woman… When he died, I believed that I didn’t know the facts of his life well enough to write his obituary. Worse, I feared that he wouldn’t have wanted me to write it. How do you write about someone you loved intensely, but didn’t really like?”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 26, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,812 words)

‘Soulful Vanilla Child’: When Pink Was Black

As a kid, the author mistook the pop/R&B artist Pink for a light-skinned black woman. In this reported essay, she takes a look at the cultural forces that encouraged that misconception.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,975 words)

The Last Popeyes Chicken Sandwich in America

Megan Reynolds tries the much ballyhooed (and at least temporarily unavailable) Popeye’s chicken sandwich and considers the minimum-wage workers exploited in responding to the frenzy for it, along with other problematic aspects of its popularity among bougie foodies.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Aug 28, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,104 words)

At UNTUCKit, Clothes Make the Man, and the Man Needs Help

Do men just want a uniform, someone to dress them, or both?

Source: Jezebel
Published: Apr 24, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,893 words)

What Do I Want From a Fat Protagonist?

Kelly Faircloth’s review of the year in fat film and TV characters is both a best- and worst-of list, and a personal exploration of the importance and challenges of representation.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,160 words)

How Many Women Have To Bleed?

Deadspin senior editor Diana Moskovitz has been one of the few reporters to cover not only both of Bill Cosby’s trials but also his conviction and sentencing, in which Cosby will spend upwards of ten years in state prison for sexual assault. She describes in vivid detail the exhaustion and public suffering still exacted on women, even during the #MeToo era.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,573 words)

Manifest Destiny-Lite With Souvenirs: Why Assholes in Turquoise Are Flooding the Southwest

“You can’t waltz into a pueblo and say, ‘I’m here so you can tell me about your religion.'”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Apr 5, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,350 words)

A Theory of Animals

“They are determined to get rid of us, and we can no longer rely on our community’s miraculous evolution alone to protect us. We cannot expend all our energy every day just to survive, just to see another morning, like a desert animal.”

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 19, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,240 words)

Gun Fatalism Is Reasonable in a Terrifying Country

In January, when a teenager killed two of his classmates  Marshall County High School, in Benton, Kentucky, there were no protests, no uprising. The blame went to video games, bullying, parents, the culture at large. Guns were not to blame, far from it.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Mar 24, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,600 words)

Summer in the Heartsick Mountains

This sweet and lyrical read will make you fall in love with fireflies and think much harder about how we are everyday chipping away at the world that made us.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Sep 14, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,322 words)