When to Throw a Goodbye Party

A personal essay in which Joy Notoma grapples with: saying goodbye to friends before a move, the complicated grief of shunning, and the way one parting can be a painful reminder of so many others.

Author: Joy Notoma
Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 19, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,746 words)

Whole 60

For the Fine Lines series, Laura Lippman writes about her own unique diet plan, which requires that you eat whatever you want whenever you want to eat it, and declare yourself beautiful.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 16, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,660 words)

The Offer of a Two-Night Stand, When Just One Would Do

In this personal essay, a guide in Puerto Rico inadvertently leads Suzanne Roberts to stop collecting men as if they were souvenirs.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 15, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,525 words)

The Cost of Reading

Ayşegül Savaş contemplates the way women’s and men’s time is valued and the uneven burden taken by women writers in literary citizenship.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,811 words)

My Unsexual Revolution

A personal essay in which Diane Shipley confronts her history of sexual dysfunction and wonders who decides what “normal” is, anyway.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,293 words)

Holding the Pain

Amye Archer explores her own relationship with the shooting at Sandy Hook as she works with survivors to tell their stories.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 8, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,422 words)

The Brazilian Healer and the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes

A personal essay in which Leigh Hopkins faces the hidden truth about the world’s most famous spiritual surgeon, and the irresistible desire to find “the cure.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 3, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,131 words)

The Burdens We Carry

In this personal essay, Amy Scheiner reflects on her mother’s sudden death and what it means to be a woman in a world that is set up to bury them.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 1, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,695 words)

The Sorrowful Mysteries, or, Reasons I’m No Longer Catholic

A personal essay in which Kathleen McKitty Harris recalls the series of events which led to her departure from the Church.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 28, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,618 words)

How I Became ‘Rich’

During a rare opportunity to vacation in Hawai’i, Stacy Torres is forced to confront her status as better off than where she came from.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,629 words)