The Danger of Desire

Faylita Hicks considers what it means to be a Black nonbinary activist in the age of Trump — and questions how the social justice movement has changed the way they have sex.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 2, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,041 words)

All That Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran

Naz Riahi recalls her vibrant childhood in a suburb of Tehran, and considers how the harsh realities imposed by the still new Islamic Republic seeped into her family’s life.

Author: Naz Riahi
Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 18, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,251 words)

What Do We Do With Feelings Now That They Don’t Matter Anymore?

Sarah Miller thinks about climate change and other current horrors, and what it’s like just being sad forever.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 11, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,800 words)

How I Got My Shrink Back

An entanglement with her shrink-stalking protege teaches Susan Shapiro something about forgiveness.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 4, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,036 words)

If Miscarriage is So Normal, Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About It?

When she loses a pregnancy, Anna Lea Hand searches in vain for vital advice and information.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 2, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,996 words)

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)