A Culinary Legend’s Next Fight

Paula Wolfert’s groundbreaking cookbooks changed the way we eat. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis changed her life, but not her outlook.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,256 words)

Moved by Kim

Seth Davis Branitz had an awful suspicion he’d feel relieved when, some day, his very troubled brother would pass. He had no idea about the other ends it would rapidly bring with it.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,085 words)

Literature by the Numbers

In Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, data journalist Ben Blatt takes a mathematical approach to writers of fiction.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,982 words)

Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

In an excerpt from her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the complex process of making dictionaries.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 14, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,691 words)

A Conversation With Ariel Levy About Writing a Memoir That Avoids ‘Invoking Emotional Tropes’

So let’s talk about your realization, or your narrative persona’s realization, through the course of the book, that the rules do apply. They do apply, although—

Well only one: nature, mortality, age, the body. There is that: nobody gets out alive. Like, that. Part of that is your fertility: your fertility will expire, particularly if you’re female; your body will deteriorate, you will age. That is never going to change, that’s life as a human animal. And I think that that’s one of the things that it means to be a grown-up is to slowly, slowly realize that. Remember when you’re a little kid and you’re like, “Yyyyeeeah, I’m actually not gonna die”?

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 14, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,391 words)

Bird Man

On birding as an extreme sport, and how observing birds satisfies a “bone-deep, soul-deep need to classify and organize the world around us.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 28, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,641 words)

Follow the Oil Trail and You’ll Find the Girls

A filmmaker travels the U.S. and Canada to speak with Indigenous women about the constant threats to their safety and their lives.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 1, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,400 words)

Trilby, the Novel That Gave Us ‘Svengali’

George du Maurier’s Trilby, published in 1894, became one of the most popular novels of its time. The story introduced us to a young heroine, Trilby, and a memorable villain, Svengali, whose names have since taken on lives of their own.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 16, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,788 words)

Don’t Call My Daughter Princess. Call Her Madam President.

Having taken feminist progress for granted, Sarah Stankorb must now reconcile her slow support of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential race with assuring her 4-year-old daughter she can be president someday.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 14, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,917 words)

This Was How Things Ended

An essay about breakups.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 13, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)