Henry

Actor, writer, and producer Rob Delaney shares his family’s gut-wrenching experience with a sick child.

Source: Medium
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,476 words)

Traveling While Black

An excellent mini-anthology curated and edited by This Will Be My Undoing author Morgan Jerkins. In her introduction, Jerkins writes about her own experiences of having TSA rifle through the Marley twists atop her head while whitesplaining how to care for her hair. Included are pieces by Jamilah Lemieux on the pleasures and pains of traveling first class while Black; Randy Winston on being the only black person at a Cathedral in Florence; Mateo Askaripour on traveling to Florence and discovering racism exists there, too; Kaitlyn Greenidge on traveling to Anguilla, which is predominantly black; Nneka M. Okona on finding kinship among other Black women travelers on a trip to Colombia.

Source: Medium
Published: Aug 15, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,111 words)

Reversed Aging, Pig Organs, and the Future of Humankind

Predictions for the future of gene therapy as told by the “God” of geneticists, George Church.

Source: Medium
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,974 words)

The Lifespan of a Lie

Dramatizations, manipulations, lies ─ the famous Stanford Prison Experiment proved to be a highly influential psychological study, even though it was hardly scientific.

Author: Ben Blum
Source: Medium
Published: Jun 7, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,628 words)

Hamzah AD 2018

Poet and essayist Kima Jones on her father’s death from diabetes.

Author: Kima Jones
Source: Medium
Published: Apr 23, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,979 words)

What Fullness Is

Roxane Gay on getting weight reduction surgery.

Author: Roxane Gay
Source: Medium
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,588 words)

Volcano Dreams

After being rejected by a flirtatious acquaintance, Gabrielle Bellot examines her pain and trepidations, realizing that years after transitioning, she needs to stop allowing others to define her and dictate what’s considered worthy of love.

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,785 words)

Aging Ghosts in the Skincare Machine

In this incisive reported essay written as part of Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies series, Chelsea G. Summers mines her own fears, writing about the skin as a battleground for many women terrified by aging’s effect on their birthday suit.

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,999 words)

Unruly Bodies

At Medium, Hunger: A Memoir of My Body author Roxane Gay created this excellent pop-up magazine, to be delivered in installments over four Tuesdays in April — “a month-long magazine exploring our ever-changing relationship with our bodies,” she writes. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do — to create a space for writers I respect and admire to contribute to the ongoing conversation about unruly bodies and what it means to be human.” She tapped 24 writers to contribute. This first edition features an introduction by Gay, and essays by Randa Jarrar, Kiese Laymon, Matthew Salesses, Keah Brown, S. Bear Bergman, and Mary Anne Mohanraj. To come in the next three editions: Carmen Maria Machado, chelsea g. summers, Kaveh Akbar, Terese Mailhot, Casey Hannan, Samantha Irby, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Kelly Davio, Brian Oliu, Mike Copperman, Danielle Evans, Jennine Capó Crucet, Megan Carpentier, Kima Jones, the writer known as Your Fat Friend, Gabrielle Bellot, Mensah Demary, and larissa pham.  

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 3, 2018
Length: 76 minutes (19,039 words)

The Mystery of Jesus, the Naked Hippie Dancer

During the last quarter of the 20th century, William Jellett danced at countless rock shows in the UK. From Black Sabbath to the Sex Pistols to Queen, he was there, holding cryptic signs and rattling a tambourine. You can see his skinny shirtless frame in countless photos and live footage. So who was he, and where did he go?

Source: Medium
Published: Jan 3, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,281 words)