46 Years Ago, I Left Yale for J.D. Salinger — This Fall, I’m Returning

A personal essay in which author Joyce Maynard writes about finally returning to Yale this fall, at 64, to complete her Bachelor’s degree. Maynard had dropped out at 18 in 1971, following her freshman year, after which she went to live with a much older J.D. Salinger.

Source: Vogue
Published: Sep 13, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,615 words)

Keeping the Faith

Hundreds of Catholic women priests are quietly leading their own progressive parishes — despite denouncements from the Vatican.

Source: Vogue
Published: May 4, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,607 words)

In the Place Where Prince Lived

A writer and a photographer visited the places Prince lived in his native Minneapolis, making a pilgrimage along what might be called The Purple Trail.

Source: Vogue
Published: Apr 21, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,615 words)

For the Child of Immigrants, the American Dream Can Be a Nightmare

“I have not inherited the cognitive dissonance necessary to unconditionally love something that hates you, and I am childless— I have dogs, not kids— so I don’t take consolation in the hope that my children will reap what I sow, that I will plant seeds that will bear fruit my children will eat. This all ends with me.”

Source: Vogue
Published: Apr 17, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,808 words)

How Coming Out Made Me Whole: High Maintenance’s Katja Blichfeld Tells Her Story

In this as-told-to personal essay, High Maintenance Katja Blichfeld speaks about the vital importance — and difficulty, particularly after being raised evangelical — of coming out as gay this past year, and ending her marriage to her collaborator.

Source: Vogue
Published: Jan 12, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,218 words)

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction

Mimi O’Donnell reflects on Phillip Seymour Hoffman, his very public death via overdose, and overcoming loss as a family of four.

Source: Vogue
Published: Dec 13, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,784 words)

“I Thought It Would Be Better for You” : A Mother, Daughter, and Racism in America in 2017

In a stirring personal essay for Vogue, novelist Brit Bennett writes about the compression of time and the emotional toll of the months since the election of President Trump.

Source: Vogue
Published: Nov 8, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,172 words)

Serena Williams on Pregnancy, Power, and Coming Back to Center Court

Serena Williams is planning on returning to the women’s tour to defend her Australian Open title, just three months after she gives birth. “It’s the most outrageous plan,” she says.

Source: Vogue
Published: Aug 15, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,319 words)

What It Feels Like to Cover Gun Violence in America

Mascia, a writer at The Trace, a nonprofit media organization focused on guns in the U.S., discusses her work and gun violence in her own family.

Source: Vogue
Published: Dec 2, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,557 words)

How a ‘Snowdenista’ Kept the NSA Leaker Hidden in a Moscow Airport

Two years ago, activist and WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison spirited Edward Snowden out of Hong Kong and into safety in Russia, but not before the pair spent nearly six weeks living in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Source: Vogue
Published: Feb 18, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)