For the Love of Mail: Letter Writing in a Pandemic

“To mail a letter is to send something out in the world with a faith that it will reach its destination. Writing is the same way. We write with hope that our work, like a letter, will find its way to where it needs to go.” Lauren Markham muses on the magic of the U.S. Postal Service.

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Sep 4, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,063 words)

Walking with the Ghosts of Black Los Angeles

“People tend to speak of South Central Los Angeles as a homogenous neighborhood, an undifferentiated community of African Americans wracked by poverty, gang violence, drug use, and general social disorder. In actuality, South Central is not a neighborhood at all, but a massive swath of the city settled by black migrants in the 20th century. It’s a radically horizontal post-industrial landscape where buildings rarely exceed two or three stories and pedestrians find little shelter from the sun. Down Slauson, decommissioned train tracks that once carried freight from the Port to the inner city call to mind the region’s formerly robust economy.”

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Sep 20, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,560 words)

Raising a Black Boy Not to Be Afraid

“No matter how hard he worked in school, how many A’s he earned, or how kind he was, he had little influence over how strangers on the subway and on the streets thought of him.”

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,836 words)

Teaching in a Red County, After Trump

For years, Professor Melissa Febos hid her politics—and her tattoos—from her red-county Jersey students. After the election, she found common ground with them in “an earnest desire for the safety and freedom of other humans.”

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,358 words)

Write the Book That Scares You Shitless: An Interview with Colson Whitehead

LitHub executive editor John Freeman’s interview with author Colson Whitehead, who this week won the National Book Award for The Underground Railroad. The two discuss the genesis of the book, the ridiculous notion that we entered a “post-racial” world after Barack Obama was elected, and the lingering relevance and effects of slavery.

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Nov 23, 2016
Length: 34 minutes (8,565 words)

Six Writers on the Genius of Marcel Proust

On the occasion of the French author’s 145th birthday, LitHub invites six authors to sing his praises, and explain why his work remains essential reading. Siri Hustvedt, Edmund White, André Aciman, Francine Prose, Aleksandar Hemon, and Daniel Mendelsohn all weigh in.

Author: Editors
Source: Literary Hub
Published: Jul 12, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,416 words)

To Break the Story, You Must Break the Status Quo

Advice for journalists, from Rebecca Solnit’s 2016 commencement speech at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Source: Literary Hub
Published: May 27, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,550 words)

I Was the Most Wanted Man in China

An essay by the late Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi. Once China’s leading astrophysicist, Lizhi’s activism helped inspire the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Feb 11, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,594 words)

On Our Fascination with Twins

A brief history of twins in literature.

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Jul 14, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1,893 words)

O. Henry Prize Winners: The Best Short Stories of 2015

A new collection of stories awarded the 2015 O. Henry Prize.

Author: Editors
Source: Literary Hub
Published: May 21, 2015