What Thomas Jefferson Taught Me About Charlottesville, and America

A personal essay in which Joshua Adams, a Black graduate of the University of Virginia, traces the roots of the recent racist attack there back to UVA’s problematic but venerated founder, Thomas Jefferson.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 17, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,840 words)

How a Journalist Uncovered the True Identity of Jihadi John

Souad Mekhennet’s thrilling tale of late-night rendezvous, burner phones, and secret codes — and her quest to reveal the man in black. Excerpted from I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 16, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,112 words)

You Are a Jigsaw Puzzle with Missing Food-Shaped Pieces

A personal essay in which Lindsay Hunter, author of the novel Eat Only When You’re Hungry, unpacks the factors and childhood experiences informing her complicated relationship to food, eating, and body image.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 15, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,035 words)

Forever Yesterday: Peering Inside My Mom’s Fading Mind

A personal essay in which writer Kevin Sampsell struggles to understand and accept the ravages of Alzheimer’s on his elderly mother’s memory — and quality of life.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 11, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,752 words)

In Foreign Territory, Wondering: Who is the Alpha Monkey?

A personal essay in which Leigh Shulman writes about learning about human behavior while studying primates at a refuge in Bolivia. Volunteering there with her nine-year-old daughter also provides perspective on the meaning of home and belonging.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 8, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,962 words)

The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love

Fifty years ago, the merchants of Haight-Ashbury advertised a summer of free food, free lodging, and free love. What they got instead was a civic nightmare.

Author: Kate Daloz
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 7, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,700 words)

Whose Fault Was Dunkirk?

For years, historians have blamed King Leopold of Belgium. But did they fall for Allied propaganda?

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 7, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,983 words)

The War on Drugs Is a War on Women of Color

Women of color are disproportionately targeted by the war on drugs and broken windows policing.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 3, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,744 words)

Yearning for My Emo Days in Nostalgia-Inducing Asbury Park

A personal essay in which writer Mabel Rosenheck considers her nostalgia for a key time in her life: the summer of 2003, when she was a young, depressed adult attending the Surf & Skate music festival in Asbury Park with friends in a similar emotional space, whom she’d met on the internet.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 28, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,918 words)

Helping My Son Choose Between the Cub Scouts and His Beliefs About God

A personal essay in which Kate Abbott writes about helping her 8-year-old atheist son navigate the Cub Scouts’ “Duty to God” requirement.

Source: Longreads
Length: 10 minutes (2,730 words)