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)

Infatuation

Deena ElGenaidi considers the ways in which adoring Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine from afar in her teens and early 20s provided a safe outlet for expressing desire.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 6, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,733 words)

(Who Gets to) Just Up and Move

Nicole Walker contemplates the nature of migration, and realizes there are two places you can never escape: the planet and your own head.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,273 words)

If My Scars Could Talk

Tega Oghenechovwen contemplates the ways in which acute childhood trauma can infect and compromise relationships later in life.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 2, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,777 words)

The Christmas Tape

Wendy McClure recounts how an old audio tape of holiday music becomes a record of family history, unspoken rituals, and grief.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 23, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,618 words)

An Addict, a Nurse, and a Christmas Resurrection

Working the night shift on an intensive care unit, Suzanne Ohlmann brushes up against death, Jesus, and her biological father.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 20, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,121 words)