The Doctor Will See You Now

A personal essay in which Sarah Miller eulogizes her mother’s black sheep brother.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 23, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,614 words)

My Date with Hollywood

A personal essay in which Monica Drake recalls the time a famous actress was interested in adapting her novel, Clown Girl, for the screen.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 18, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,538 words)

Judging Books By Their Covers

A personal essay in which author Jason Diamond tries to make sense of his obsession with collecting Vintage Contemporaries paperbacks from the 80s.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 20, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,639 words)

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About

A personal essay in which Michele Filgate looks back at her life as a teen living with an abusive stepfather, and considers her mother’s reluctance to protect her daughter, or even speak about it.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 9, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,501 words)

Two Brothers, Two Earthquakes

On Sept. 19, 2017 a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico, sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets. For two brothers the fear was familiar—they had experienced this exactly 32 years before.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 12, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,155 words)

A History of American Protest Music: ‘We Have Got Tools and We Are Going to Succeed’

Lead Belly, Lee Hays, and the hammer songs that powered the folk movement.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,439 words)

A History of American Protest Music: This Is the Hammer That Killed John Henry

How a folk hero inspired one of the most covered songs in American history.

 

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,465 words)

Camping With Kids: A Non-Primer

A personal essay in which Reid Doughten recalls not realizing until too late that taking his toddlers camping while his wife worked the weekend shift was bad idea.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 22, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,073 words)

My Journey to the Heart of the FOIA Request

Fifty years ago, the Freedom of Information Act gave the public access to government secrets — all you had to do was ask. How a simple request became a bureaucratic nightmare.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

Writing the Monsignor

A personal Essay in which young adult author Mary O’Connell reflects on her early writing endeavors, with a local priest’s scandals and her own questioning of faith as her “material.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 18, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,609 words)