As the World Ends, Has the Time for Grieving Arrived?

A poet learns how to deal emotionally with the reality of climate change.

Source: LitHub
Published: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,510 words)

The Conversation I’ve Been Dreading: Ijeoma Oluo Talks About Race with Her Mom

An essay excerpted from So You Want to Talk About Race in which Ijeoma Oluo writes about a messy, uncomfortable, and important conversation she had with her white mother about race and racism.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 17, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,305 words)

A Fleeting Resource: In Praise of the Cold

Miranda Weiss on moving to Alaska — 3,000 miles away from her parents — and choosing to stay there.

Source: LitHub
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,858 words)

Forgiving the Unforgivable: Geronimo’s Descendants Seek to Salve Generational Trauma

After generations of resistance and trauma, the descendants of Geronimo, an important leader of the Chiricahua Apache, travel to Mexico to perform a ceremony of forgiveness. But it’s difficult to forgive a nation that built itself on genocide.

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,705 words)

To the Lady Who Mistook Me For the Help at the National Book Awards

A personal essay by poet Patrick Rosal — an excerpt of We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America, edited by Brando Skyhorse and Lisa Page. The piece is framed as a letter to a white woman who mistook him for a server at the black-tie National Book Awards gala, which he had attended in a $90 polyester suit, in support of a friend who was being honored.

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 1, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,312 words)

Jean Rhys Had to Leave Her Home to Truly See It

The author of Wide Sargasso Sea was an eternal exile, but that otherness, and the Caribbean, deeply influenced her writing.

Source: LitHub
Published: Oct 26, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,962 words)

Mental Illness is Not a Capital Crime

An excerpt from Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, by Andrea J. Richie, just out from Beacon Press. In this chapter, subtitled, “On the disproportional impact of police violence on women of color,” Richie writes about the impact law enforcement’s common misconceptions about women of color can have on the women’s safety. In cases where mental illness is an added factor, police officers often know even less, and are violent toward women who aren’t dangerous.

Source: LitHub
Published: Aug 1, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,547 words)

Why Are We So Unwilling to Take Sylvia Plath at Her Word?

A critical essay raising the question of why many in the literary world cast doubt or treat lightly Sylvia Plath’s allegations of serious abuse at the hand of her husband, poet Ted Hughes — who destroyed many of his wife’s journals from the period before her suicide. Much of her ordeal came to light in April after unpublished letters from Plath to her therapist were found.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 11, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,022 words)

The Loneliness of Donald Trump

“But the opposite of people who drag you down isn’t people who build you up and butter you up.  It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.”

Source: LitHub
Published: May 30, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,497 words)

Portrait of the Artist as a Debut Novelist

An essay by Iranian-American novelist Porochista Khakpour (excerpted from Scratch: Writers, Money and the Art of Making a Living, edited by Manjula Martin) about the challenges of surviving financially in her early years as a writer. Her struggle was compounded by being a writer of color with an unusual name, from a country whose president was at odds with the U.S., and having to deal with clueless Americans attending her readings.

Source: LitHub
Published: Jan 27, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,488 words)