Confessions of a Lapsed Catholic Dancer

In this personal essay, Kate Branca considers the body as an instrument of faith.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 24, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,497 words)

Becoming Family

Jennifer Berney explores how queer families challenge traditional notions of heredity and paternity.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 21, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,486 words)

The Psychiatrist in My Writing Class and His ‘Gift’ of Hate

Rani Neutill recalls a literary workshop in which a white man critiqued her ability to write in “proper” English.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 20, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,723 words)

The Omen of the Wasps’ Nest

As she prepares to leave the home she shared with her ex, Marlene Adelstein finds herself fixated on the husk of a nest hanging in the yard.

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Published: May 17, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,712 words)

‘Little Grandpa’ and The List

When her grandfather died, Abigail Rasminsky learned about a part of his life she’d known nothing about.

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Published: May 13, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,208 words)

Mother/Russia

The Americans shows us one way to write a female antihero.

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Published: May 13, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,965 words)

If You Should Find Yourself in the Dark

A personal essay in which Debbie Weingarten considers the anxieties of mothering and being human in a volatile world.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 9, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,460 words)

The Joy of Watching (and Rewatching) Movies So Bad They’re Good

In this personal and critical essay, Michael Musto sings the praises of his favorite cinematic clunkers.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 7, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,090 words)

Game of Crones

It wasn’t entirely Laura Lippman’s idea to become a mother in her 50s. But when it happened, she leaned in hard.

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Published: May 6, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,090 words)

Lengua Tacos

In this personal essay, Feliz Moreno searches for an answer to the frequently asked question “Do you speak Spanish?” during a trip to Mexico.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 3, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,008 words)