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)