The Kitchen Dad

“Place the oyster on a bed of ice and go to the next one. It’s possible to refine this technique to perfection. Like changing a diaper.”

Source: Popula
Published: Mar 22, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,769 words)

Tie a Tourniquet on Your Heart

Journalist Diana Moskovitz revisits Pulitzer-prize winning crime reporter Edna Buchanan’s memoir “The Corpse Had a Familiar Face,” enshrined as part of a “textbook collection of great works of literary journalism.” “I reached for it as America erupted this month, yet again, in protests over the killings of Black people at the hands of police, wondering what Edna Buchanan, one of the greatest influences on late 20th century crime writing, would have to offer this moment.”

Source: Popula
Published: Jul 25, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,948 words)

Beneath the Black Rocks

“The same unknown that makes me nurse the thought of my mother’s death, makes me think of the loneliness of everyone who died of the virus. Their loved ones will carry the same wound I carry in my heart. For decades, for the rest of their lives they will be imagining the last moments of the ones who left them.”

Source: Popula
Published: Jun 8, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,184 words)

The Strong, Silent Type

“What are tears for?”

Source: Popula
Published: Jun 10, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,288 words)

Echoes in the Chelsea Hotel

This is life inside New York City’s legendary building during pandemic, where history and modern life meet in the quiet halls.

Source: Popula
Published: Jun 1, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,387 words)

Song for My Father

“It was by seeing how much songs meant to my father, as a source of solace, or catharsis, or simply a kind of companionship, that I came to love them myself.”

Source: Popula
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,651 words)

On Owning Many Books

“I know that book collections become a pantomime of erudition, or a flex, as I often think when walking past the lit windows of tony brownstones in Brooklyn and catch sight of a large built-in bookcase. And yet when I have ever passed one without the tug of desire?”

Author: Mik Awake
Source: Popula
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 5 minutes (1,358 words)

The Movie Assassin

This personal essay by Sarah Miller has gone viral and divided Twitter. Those who love the piece — about Miller’s struggle in 1996 to get away with panning “The English Patient” for an alt weekly paper — appreciate her brutal honesty and her irreverence toward the Serious Film establishment.

Source: Popula
Published: Sep 30, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,578 words)

It Was Like There Was a Fog in the Sky Only I Could See

Under the Trump administration, African immigrants are getting deported with increasing frequency through the criminal justice system, though these deportees receive less media attention than ones from Mexico and Central America. The African nations they return to are not often home or welcoming, and deportees suffer from hostility, alienation, depression and economic hardship.

Source: Popula
Published: Aug 31, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,341 words)