Why I Wanted to Finish My Father’s Life’s Work

In this personal essay, Karen Brown recalls the pain and joy of fulfilling a deathbed promise.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 4, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,139 words)

My Backcountry Prescription Experiment

Mathina Calliope goes off her antidepressant and into the woods.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,134 words)

Why Mr. Bauer Didn’t Like Me

As a child, Blaise Allysen Kearsley tried, in vain, to win over a white friend’s father.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 29, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,056 words)

‘To Be Well’: An Unmothered Woman’s Search for Real Love

After years of strife with her mother, Vanessa Mártir finds unconditional love in a new, tender relationship.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 27, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,435 words)

Thumbing a Ride: What I Learned from Siskel and Ebert

A personal essay in which Dipti S. Barot pays homage to the two irreplaceable voices who informed her love of good movies.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 26, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,634 words)

This Is How You Lose Your Mind

In this personal essay, Dani Fleischer recalls how a lifetime of perfectionism led her down a path of self-destruction.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 22, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,731 words)

My Brown Dad Voted for Trump

A personal essay in which Anjoli Roy struggles to understand the conservative father she dearly loves.

Author: Anjoli Roy
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 20, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,945 words)

The Spiritual Path at Fat Camp

After a ten-year relationship ends painfully, Mona Kirschner finds herself searching for emotional and physical healing at a weight loss center in Brazil.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 8, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,102 words)

California Burning

A year after the Camp Fire, Tessa Love contemplates home, California’s undoing, and what it means to belong.

Author: Tessa Love
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 7, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,384 words)

The Art of Losing Friends and Alienating People

Laura Lippman, admittedly a rotten friend, is bummed by the ways in which friendships end as one gets older.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 6, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,147 words)