Sight and Insight

After a childhood filled with intrusive medical interventions for misaligned eyes, Liane Kupferberg Carter wrestles with learning to see herself and others clearly.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 21, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,092 words)

House of the Century

In this personal and critical essay, Daisy Alioto reconsiders the nature of architecture while researching window alarms.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 20, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,903 words)

The Danger of Befriending Celebrities

Once upon a time, nightlife journalist Michael Musto didn’t set the strongest boundaries with the boldfaced names he covered.

Source: Longreads
Published: Feb 7, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,000 words)

Inking Against Invisibility

In the face of chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical discrimination, Talia Hibbert turned to tatoos to reclaim ownership of her body.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 24, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,102 words)

In Defense of Boris the Russki

Ayşegül Savaş calls into question a kind of racism in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and laments the liberal reluctance to rebuke discrimination outright, regardless of its targets.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 22, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,603 words)

Through a Glass, Tearfully

Maureen Stanton contemplates her history of crying in inappropriate moments, and considers tears from gender-based and political perspectives.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 17, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,448 words)

Whatever Happened to ______ ?

Envy over her success led her husband, also a writer, to become violent. She fights every day for her safety — and to avoid being relegated to obscurity like so many writers who are mothers.

Author: Anonymous
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 15, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,879 words)

Searching Sephora for an Antidote to Aging — and Grief

Five years after her mother’s death, while still grieving and suddenly middle-aged, Abby Mims’ turns to beauty products to cure what ails her.

Author: Abby Mims
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 14, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,959 words)

The Price of Dominionist Theology

After leaving fundamentalism, Eve Ettinger grapples with the loaded theological heritage of evangelical personal finance teachings.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 10, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,367 words)

What I Did for (Strange) Love

As a teen, Laura Bond went all out to meet Depeche Mode — and to hang onto her best friend.

Author: Laura Bond
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 9, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,218 words)