The Last Train Trip Before Everything Changed

On solitude, snow, and finding reasons to write.

Source: LitHub
Published: Apr 6, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,529 words)

At the Very Beginning of the Great Alaska Earthquake

“Many people mistook the low growl of the churning earth for a nuclear bomb.” An excerpt from THIS IS CHANCE! 

Source: LitHub
Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)

The Storykiller and His Sentence: Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein

Rebecca Solnit considers Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison sentence through the lens of storytelling, and who gets to do it now that at least two men who were “in charge of stories” — Weinstein and Woody Allen — have in the past week lost so much of their power, and women are now finding their voices.

Source: LitHub
Published: Mar 12, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,765 words)

How Judith Jones Radically Transformed American Food Writing

Julia Child, MFK Fisher, Edna Lewis — behind the most influential food writers was one innovative, exacting editor.

Source: LitHub
Published: Mar 10, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,245 words)

How Do We Preserve the Vanishing Foods of the Earth?

On biodiversity, wild plants, and the legacy of Russian botanist Nikolai Vavilov.

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 15, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,172 words)

On Finding the Freedom to Rage Against Our Fathers

“Growing up, my mother taught us three girls how to read our father’s moods like the weather, how to discern their ever-shifting winds. How to carve out a childhood at the base of an active volcano. How to survive the flash flood that was my father’s temper, rage like water rising fast. He’d yell, he’d berate, he’d snarl. He’d snatch sentences from our mouths before we could finish them and twist them against us. This was at home. This was at school. This was without notice.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 7, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,297 words)

Alix Ohlin: How to Write—and Not—About the Struggle to Have a Child

“The question What kind of writer are you? veered ever closer to the question What kind of woman are you? The world seemed to want to reduce the possibilities of my life to either/or categories—good writer/bad writer; mother/not mother—and I felt suspended somewhere in between.”

Author: Alix Ohlin
Source: LitHub
Published: Jun 26, 2019
Length: 4 minutes (1,160 words)

The Stories We Tell Our Sons About Becoming Men

A mother struggles to raise a son who embodies the values she has fought for as a feminist.

Source: LitHub
Published: Apr 29, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,682 words)

Surviving False Dawns: On Joy Division and Life in a Far Distant Suburb

Growing up in what she calls “the bleak Sydney suburbs,” a depressed Australian teenager finds solace in Joy Division and her fellow music fans, which led her to the literature that shaped her as an adult ─ an adult for whom Joy Division and uncertainty continue to define her.

Source: LitHub
Published: Apr 12, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,472 words)

When Even The Greatest Of Writers Grapples With Self-Doubt

For anyone that does creative work, Gabrielle Bellot’s poetic piece at LithHub is a salve for the times when we’re plagued by artistic self-doubt. In relaying her own struggles and in deconstructing the work of W.B. Yeats and Derek Walcott, Bellot finds solace and inspiration in two other writers who also sought to shed the “thick coats of impostors.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 28, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,435 words)