What Didn’t Kill Her

Bernice L. McFadden ruminates on all the things her mother has endured only to find herself spending her golden years in the midst of a deadly plague and state-sanctioned racism.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 4, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,024 words)

Your Wilderness Is Not Permanent

At an uncertain time in her life, Sejal Shah does Burning Man her own way. An excerpt from This Is One Way to Dance, her new memoir in essays.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 3, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,746 words)

Lloyd’s Mattress

Scott Korb contemplates disgust — his own, yours — at the kind of magical thinking that promises (with fingers crossed) to protect us from all the causes of dying.

Author: Scott Korb
Source: Longreads
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,490 words)

The Lie of ‘One Last Time’ with My Ex

A personal essay in which Ella Dawson learns about the perils of break-up sex the hard way.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 18, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,819 words)

Self Portrait with iPhone

Newly single in her mid-50s, Pam Mandel swipes through dozens of selfies, including her own.

Author: Pam Mandel
Source: Longreads
Published: May 13, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,453 words)

American Tests

In her quest to become truly American, Jakki Kerubo discovers what it means to belong in a place.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 7, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,314 words)

Fear of Suffering Alone

After separating from her husband and entering quarantine, Anne Liu Kellor faces her ongoing desire for a partner and the necessity of loving herself.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 4, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,136 words)

Following the North Star

Shaheen Pasha explores how the trauma of a loved one’s incarceration unravels her carefully planned-out existence, and sets her on a new, unexpected path to find meaning in the meaningless.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,587 words)

O! Small-Bany! Part 4: Fall

The final piece in Elisa Albert’s Albany quartet: Notes on an autumn in search of acceptance in a small city with dangerously lax traffic laws.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 28, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,474 words)

Funk Lessons in Sonic Solitude

“Joi’s recorded performances embodied all the funkiness my little soul had been waiting for.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,096 words)