How to Predict the Unpredictable

After the death of her dog, Katie Gutierrez grapples with the ripple effects of her decisions — and how to live with uncertainty as a mother.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 23, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,370 words)

The Art of Acceptance Speech Giving

Gearing up for the Emmys, Michael Musto looks back at some of the best, worst, and weirdest instances of performers expressing gratitude as they received their shiny trophies.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 20, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,135 words)

Cut From the Same Cloth

Artist Myfanwy Tristram was irritated by her teenage daughter’s extreme fashions — until she took an illustrated journey into their origins.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 19, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,863 words)

Keeping My Promise to Popo

In this personal essay, as Anne Liu Kellor says goodbye to her Chinese grandmother in the hospital, she taps into buried memories and family trauma.

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Published: Sep 18, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,604 words)

It Comes in Waves

In this personal essay, years after her cousin was killed, Lilly Dancyger is haunted by images of murdered women in the news.

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Published: Sep 16, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,790 words)

What Is Happening to My Body?

Devorah Heitner reflects on the ways she is reclaiming her relationship to her own body while grappling with the legacy of her mother’s poor body image and early death.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,869 words)

After Three Children, Reclaiming My Body and My Mind

In the wake of childbirth and postpartum complications affecting her mental health and her marriage, Ukamaka Olisakwe picks herself up and starts over — in grad school.

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Published: Sep 11, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,546 words)

Hot for Teacher

When a student in her writing workshop submits a piece suggesting his character could “take” a teacher just like her “atop her desk,” Courtney Zoffness is flooded with memories of men touching her against her will.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,795 words)

Exilium Vita Est: The Island Home of Victor Hugo

Emma Jacobs takes us on an illustrated journey of Hugo’s writing life in exile on Guernsey, where he completed Les Misérables.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 9, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,229 words)

Fugitive Justice

After stumbling upon the scene of the capture of an escaped murderer, clinical social worker Jennifer Lunden grapples with the polarities of innocence and guilt, social neglect and social justice.

Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 6, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,331 words)