A personal essay in which author Michelle Tea writes about discovering, through stand-up, the potential for humor to heal trauma and bond people.
Novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge writes about her weekend in Chesapeake, Virginia for the 150th anniversary of United Order of Tents, a secret society of black women established after the end of the civil war, which has long provided much needed financial and other kinds of support to black communities.
An interview with Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina, on growing up poor, finding her voice, the limitations of fiction, overcoming the stigma of poverty, and being a lesbian in Donald Trump’s America.
How racist tensions and discrimination in Memphis, Tennessee, created the environment in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and how Coretta Scott King’s “courage, dignity, and poise” in the face of horrific tragedy fuelled the Civil Rights Movement.
In this conversation, Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel reflect on the maddening and sometimes little-known symptoms of perimenopause and menopause to get more women talking about the flow and ebb of the female reproductive cycle and how it affects them, their work, their partners, and their families.
On the agonizing waiting period after an inconclusive ultrasound and whether there is such a thing as a good miscarriage.
An excerpt from A Really Good Day, Ayelet Waldman’s memoir on experimenting with microdoses of LSD to treat a mood disorder.
Melissa Chadburn’s moving recollection of the Christmas trees of her difficult youth—from the ones she lifted from a grocery warehouse near the home for girls she lived in, to the ones she’d cart home from Home Depot in her twenties, to the one she picked out with her partner, at 33.
“A couple of weeks ago, I decided to invite a few friends out for cocktails to toast to my last period.” Longreads contributor A.N. Devers on preparing for a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis.