Dorothy Allison on Why Working-Class Literature Is the Strongest

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.

Source: Lenny
Published: May 12, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,165 words)

Coretta Scott King Kept Her Husband’s Spirit Alive

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.

Author: Alexis Coe
Source: Lenny
Published: Apr 12, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,520 words)

The Truth Is Out There (About Menopause)

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.

Source: Lenny
Published: Mar 7, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,713 words)

The Wait

On the agonizing waiting period after an inconclusive ultrasound and whether there is such a thing as a good miscarriage.

Source: Lenny
Published: Feb 15, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,596 words)

Can Molly Save a Marriage?

An excerpt from A Really Good Day, Ayelet Waldman’s memoir on experimenting with microdoses of LSD to treat a mood disorder.

Source: Lenny
Published: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,903 words)

Every Year The Tree

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.

Source: Lenny
Published: Dec 14, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1,984 words)

Good-bye Uterus, Good Riddance

“​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.

Source: Lenny
Published: Nov 19, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2,085 words)