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)


Elizabeth Logan Harris recalls an incident in ’70s-era Radio City Music Hall when unwanted attention to her teenage body put her in league with her father.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 19, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,123 words)

In Jo’s Image

Jeanna Kadlec considers the impact of Little Women’s matriarchy — and its heroine — on the formation of her own queer identity.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 19, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,136 words)

A Woman’s Work: Becoming a Home of One’s Own

In the final installment of her six-part illustrated series, “A Woman’s Work,” Carolita Johnson considers what it takes to recover from grief, build strength for the future, and become one’s own center of gravity again.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 18, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

From Kyiv to Kentucky

California native Katya Cengel contemplates whether living in Ukraine prepared her for life in the South.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,513 words)

We Are All We Have

While caring for her mother post-surgery and her grandmother during her final days, Megan Stielstra wonders who’s really taking care of who.

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Published: Dec 13, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,562 words)

Self-Portrait as a Human Interest Story

Emi Nietfeld considers an assortment of adversities that both hurt and buoyed her in her youth, and interrogates how the narrative of resilience minimizes suffering.

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Published: Dec 11, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,834 words)

Where Are the Gay Ladies of Cambodia?

Honeymooning in Cambodia, Lindsey Danis and her wife seek refuge in queer spaces, but struggle to find the acceptance granted to male travelers.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 9, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,081 words)

What Shattered My Mother’s Mind

Winston Ross recalls the heartbreaking ordeal his family endured after his mother’s routine surgery led to post-operative delirium.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 6, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,290 words)