On the Experience of Entering a Bookstore in Your Forties (vs. Your Twenties)

“Are books to us as leaves are to trees, feeding us while we hold them, then decomposing and feeding us again after we’ve let them go?”

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 6 minutes (1,722 words)

How to Grieve Your Friend and Mentor

In this moving personal essay, Amy Jo Burns writes about how the death of her writing mentor, Louise DeSalvo, has affected her, and how reading Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, and Sigrid Nunez’s The Friend helped her process her grief.

Source: LitHub
Published: Dec 18, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,987 words)

Can I Get a “McGangbang?” On the Weird World of Secret Menus

One eater wanders through the fast food frontier, examining the culture of menu hacking, to undertand why restaurants honor special requests that defy their reliance on standardization.

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,409 words)

Going Hungry at the Most Prestigious MFA in America

When the director of her MFA writing program advises her not to pursue a part-time job to help pay the bills, Katie Prout starts visiting the local food bank out of necessity.

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 9, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,898 words)

What Does a Political Story Look Like in 2018?

An essay in which Roxane Gay reveals how she chose the short stories for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2018 — with an eye toward writing that engaged with the political in thoughtful, engaging, diverse and inclusive ways.

Author: Roxane Gay
Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 3, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,236 words)

What Future is There for America’s Desert Cities?

The daughter of Indian immigrants looks at race, class and climate change in the giant heat sink known as Phoenix, Arizona, a city where money equips residents with the shade trees and air conditioning necessary to survive the heat.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 25, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,044 words)

White Artists Need to Start Addressing White Supremacy in Their Work

An essay in which author and academic Angela Pelster-Wiebe considers the best ways for white authors and artists to quit side-stepping the subjects of deeply rooted structural racism and their own privilege, and help dismantle white supremacy with their work.

Source: LitHub
Published: Aug 29, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,798 words)

All About My Mother: Brandon Taylor on Love, Rage, and Family

“My family was a series of hushed rages behind shut doors…In my family, love was the slow accumulation of moments in which I was not subjected to great harm.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Aug 1, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,336 words)

Inside the Slow-Motion Disaster on the Southern Border

One journalist speaks with immigrants to learn what life is like in the center of America’s immigration, and moral, crisis.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 20, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,867 words)

Writing With And Through Pain

Sonya Huber explores how pain and chronic illness has shaped her and her writing process.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,557 words)