Politics and Prose

A personal essay in which Marie Myung-Ok Lee finds herself conflicted about attending a controversial author’s reading and wonders: what does “speaking up” actually mean?

Source: Longreads
Published: May 17, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,630 words)

A True (Non-Hierarchical, Shared) Love

In this personal essay, Journalist Mithila Phadke navigates polyamory while falling in love for the first time.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 14, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,006 words)

A Motherless Daughter, Mothering

In this personal essay, an unexpected pregnancy not long after her troubled mother’s passing forces Ashley Abramson to navigate a kind of dual citizenship she couldn’t have anticipated.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 11, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,633 words)

But What Will Your Parents Think?

In this personal essay, This Will Be My Undoing author Morgan Jerkins tackles the time-worn question of how far is too far to go in revealing yourself in first-person writing.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 10, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,609 words)

A Remarkable Child

Daniel Rafinejad wonders if he and his best friend have run out of stories to tell one another.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 9, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,503 words)

O, Small-bany!

Writer Elisa Albert’s notes from a bygone spring in her adopted hometown.

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Published: May 7, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,229 words)

Of Breakdowns and Breakthroughs

In this personal essay, after suicides and heartbreak ravage her family, Jenny Aurthur finds she has no choice but be transformed.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 4, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,886 words)

No Journalist Should Have to Know How to Survive in Prison

After a recent trip to Myanmar, Alice Driver considers the ever-present dangers for journalists there and in Mexico, where she lives.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 3, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,616 words)

It’s Like This and Like That and Like What?

When the nineties’ heart of whiteness met g-funk, it was the illest — and wackest — of times.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 2, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,912 words)

Forgetting the Madeleine

A pastry chef reflects on taste, memory, and literature’s most famous confection.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 3, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,315 words)