Changing My Mind About Pig’s Feet and Cornrows

In this personal essay, Dara Lurie reflects on what she discovered about her own racism while living for ten months at a state-run home for disadvantaged children.

Author: Dara Lurie
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 15, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,011 words)

You Are What You Hear

A personal essay in which Pauline Campos writes about trying to forget the harsh words she heard about her body as a child, and to avoid passing along her body shame to her young daughter.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 12, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,469 words)

Dance Me to the End of Love

In this personal essay, Abigail Rasminsky looks back on the youthful days she trained to become a professional dancer — and the injury that put an end to her dreams.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 8, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,983 words)

What to Do With a Man Who Has a Story, and a Gun

In a personal essay about the naivete of young love, Lisa Romeo recalls her first college romance, when she was willing to overlook a lot — until she wasn’t.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 4, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,767 words)

My Daughter Died, But I’m Still Mothering Her

In this personal essay, Jacqueline Dooley recalls her difficult transition from being a mother with earthly duties, to becoming one with more spiritual concerns for a teenage daughter with terminal cancer.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 2, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,067 words)

The Other People in Springfield

A personal essay in which Imran Siddiquee considers how his identities — as a Bangladeshi-American and as a man — were shaped by growing up in the shadow of The Simpsons.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 29, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,638 words)

This is How You Say Goodbye

A personal essay in which, after losing two brothers and a cousin in a short amount of time, Lillian Slugocki tries to make sense of death — and life in the wake of others’ passing.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 27, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,863 words)

A Muslim, a Christian, and a Baby Named ‘God’

A personal essay in which Rachel Jones, a Christian American living in Djibouti, reflects on her friendship with a Muslim woman there, and the more universal aspects of faith.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 22, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,733 words)

In Praise of Cowardice

A humorous personal essay in which Emily Meg Weinstein considers the ways in which her grandfather’s less than heroic choices in love and war led to her existence.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 18, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,522 words)

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

A reported personal essay in which Melissa Chadburn writes about her work, under cover, as a temp, and considers the effects of temporary employment on those who have limited power and little choice but to work for low wages with no job security. With support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 13, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,090 words)