Inside the Chaos of Immigration Court

Gabriel Thompson takes us into San Francisco Immigration Court and the labyrinthine system that asylum seekers—and attorneys and judges—are up against.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 22, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,849 words)

Out There: On Not Finishing

“What happens if the stories we tell ourselves about our lives leave us lonely, wrestling with meaning?”

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,304 words)

A Lover’s Blues: The Unforgettable Voice of Margie Hendrix

Remembering the woman who outsang Ray Charles.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 2, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

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)