Following the North Star

Shaheen Pasha explores how the trauma of a loved one’s incarceration unravels her carefully planned-out existence, and sets her on a new, unexpected path to find meaning in the meaningless.

Source: Longreads
Published: May 1, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,587 words)

O! Small-Bany! Part 4: Fall

The final piece in Elisa Albert’s Albany quartet: Notes on an autumn in search of acceptance in a small city with dangerously lax traffic laws.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 28, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,474 words)

Funk Lessons in Sonic Solitude

“Joi’s recorded performances embodied all the funkiness my little soul had been waiting for.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,096 words)

Grieving, but Calmed by a Different Kind of Storm

In isolation, Stephanie Land finds surprising relief from PTSD — and discovers she is able to write again.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 24, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,059 words)

The Bigamist’s Daughter

Robin Antalek considers the legacy of the man who abandoned her for another family and never looked back.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 22, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,599 words)

Molly and the Unicorn

In this installment of the Fine Lines series, Emily Flake reflects on the shifting nature of magic and power in middle age.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 20, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,185 words)

Little League, Revisited

Adam Kuhlmann was outmatched at the 1993 Little League World Series. His 11-year-old nephew helps him to learn from his errors.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 15, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,265 words)

Escaping Coronavirus Lockdown Through a Stranger’s Solitary Walks on YouTube

Under self-quarantine, Aaron Gilbreath ‘moves’ freely with the help of Rambalac’s video travelogues.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 9, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,184 words)

Body of Lies

Deenie Hartzog-Mislock confronts a lifetime of body image trauma when her marriage turns south and sexless.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 8, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,341 words)

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)