My Father’s Adventure Was My Terror

Diana Whitney recalls traveling to Pakistan with her father at 13, and the dangers of a day trip to Peshawar that he was cautioned against taking.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 18, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,009 words)

The Tears of Denis Johnson

The writer showed his students and friends how to remain an artist, even when one becomes a kind of cult figure.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 16, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

My Father’s Weakness for Beer Never Lessened His Strengths

A personal essay by Pauline Campos in which she reflects on her relationship with her functional alcoholic father, whom she believes never let his drinking interfere with being a good father.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 15, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,131 words)

David Brown’s Quiet Resilience

The former Dallas police chief is familiar with loss: Violence took his son, younger brother, and former partner. His response to the killing of five officers last July was inspiring. He’s not done giving back.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 14, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,755 words)

The Word Is ‘Nemesis’: The Fight to Integrate the National Spelling Bee

For talented black spellers in the 1960s, the segregated local spelling bee was the beginning and the end of the long road to Washington, D.C.
Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 5, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

From a Hawk to a Dove

Vietnam Veteran Ray Cocks, who’d eagerly enlisted in 1967, was forever changed by the realities of war.

Author: Ray Cocks
Source: Longreads
Published: May 29, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,844 words)

Snow, Death and Politics

While snowed in on the West Coast, Frances Badalamenti grapples alone with her father’s death on the other side of what feels like a dying country.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 27, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,741 words)

On Becoming a Woman Who Knows Too Much

Through my education I’d become a trusted source of specialized knowledge. But how could I become the kind of leader who is surrounded with people like me?

Author: Hawa Allan
Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 22, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,661 words)

Pills and Thrills and Daffodils

Years before Prince died of an overdose, his music provided a lifeline for Eva Tenuto.

Author: Eva Tenuto
Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 21, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,181 words)

On Island: Journeying to Penal Colonies, from Rikers to Robben

On journeys to Rikers Island in New York City and Robben Island in South Africa, Roohi Choudhry examines issues of incarceration and racism, and envisions a day when the convicted are no longer exiled to penal colonies.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 19, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,556 words)