Of Blackness and “Beauty”

At an art exhibit exploring black models through Western art, Morgan Jerkins finds historical evidence of the white supremacist definitions of beauty Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom identifies in Thick: and Other Essays.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 16, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,731 words)

At Risk, at Home and Abroad

As Joy Notoma grapples with uterine fibroids, harmful biases in the medical establishment, and a move from Brooklyn to West Africa she wonders where, as a black woman, she can find safety.

Author: Joy Notoma
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 14, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,079 words)


A personal essay in which Michael Gonzales reflects on the deaths of a dear friend, and a bookworm he idolized: David Bowie.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 10, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,186 words)

In My Own Voice, Redefining Success and Failure

In this personal essay, Lauren DePino looks back at her ambitions as a singer, and re-evaluates the rejections she once allowed to define her.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 7, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,245 words)

Cowards and Accomplices

A personal essay in which, in light of her own family’s experience during the Holocaust, Judith Hertog considers her ethical responsibilities in today’s world.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 4, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,153 words)

A Woman’s Work: The Outside Story

In the latest installment in her illustrated series, Carolita Johnson catalogues her efforts to maintain her appearance from about 1970 to 2018.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 2, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,775 words)

Swipe White

In this personal essay, Jennifer Chong Schneider considers what it is to be Asian, maligned, and fetishized in dating — and questions her own desire when she dates someone of her own ethnicity for the first time.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 28, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,673 words)

A Portrait of the Mother as a Young Girl

In this personal essay from our Fine Lines series, Marlene Adelstein finds herself transported back in time and consciousness via an inherited painting.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 26, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,190 words)

Jack, Jacqueline — Dad

A personal essay in which Yvonne Conza wrestles with the complexities of estrangement from her dying — complicated — dad.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 21, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,875 words)

Losing the Plot

A personal essay from our Fine Lines series in which Sari Botton finds that not planning for death is, well, killing her.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,667 words)