“Here it is: Women are the gravity stopping humanity from drifting off aimlessly into the void. We mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers — women — are the backbone of the world.”

Published: Sep 1, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,660 words)

The Elephant in the Room

“A majority of Americans say they have a positive view of unions. When they vote for Republicans, as lots of union members do, they’re not voting that way because they want to disempower unions. They believe they’re voting to disempower the ‘freeloaders’ — a category that’s obviously inseparable, in the American context, from race. This is where the ugliness of the American conservative tradition comes in.”

Author: Jeff Weiss
Published: Dec 1, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,837 words)

Under The Influence

“At that moment I loved him completely — my grandfather, who could fix anything that broke down in all of Iowa, who made sauerkraut and homemade wine in the garage, who let me win at poker. I listened to him rage, and I heard every word that came spilling unfettered from the dark chambers of his heart.”

Published: Oct 1, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,672 words)

My Brother’s Dinner With The President Of Sears

“Along with fire, my brother loved the sound of breaking glass. He seemed to enjoy chaos in all forms. I thought it was unfair that I had to be my brother’s keeper. I just wanted to be the younger brother in a normal family, and Jon, I thought, was keeping us from being normal.”

Author: Marc Inman
Published: Jul 26, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,724 words)

The Ramshackle Garden of Affection

Two poets exchange letters about language, love, and basketball.

Published: May 25, 2020
Length: 27 minutes (6,828 words)

We Will Be Seen

Have you read Tressie McMillan Cottom’s book “Thick” yet? If not, that’s a mistake, but a mistake you can begin to rectify by reading this excellent, wide-ranging interview to understand just how sharp a thinker she is.

Published: Feb 1, 2020
Length: 29 minutes (7,308 words)

Pistol In A Drawer

“The pistol has always been my private affair, a kind of secret lover, more seductive for being clandestine and dangerous. We have this thing, the pistol and I, and I don’t want to betray that.”

Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,423 words)

The Cat Years

Christine Marshall considers cats and kittens, the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, and how writing has helped her to express and process her anger, resentment, and grief after a series of miscarriages.

Published: Jan 11, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,962 words)

Cop Diary

“The transformation from citizen to prisoner is terrible to behold, regardless of its justice. Unlike my sister the teacher or my brother the lawyer, I take prisoners, and to exercise that authority is to invoke a profound social trust.”

Published: Aug 30, 2019
Length: 33 minutes (8,419 words)

The Greeter

At age sixteen, the daughter of a wealthy Florida couple with chemical dependencies found herself facing her uncertain future, tangled in a web of trauma, self-harm, sexual objectification, and leaning on her tight relationships with other young women. This essay is part of the author’s forthcoming memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls.

Published: Feb 23, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,238 words)