“Driven by the need for a storied life, I relished the opportunity for endless travel. Is that a moment in time, now over?”
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
This week, we’re sharing stories from Ciara O’Rourke, Haley Britzky, Alissa Walker, Julie Sedivy, and Arika Okrent.
Typos, Tricks and Misprints
“Why is English spelling so weird and unpredictable? Don’t blame the mix of languages; look to quirks of timing and technology.”
On Matthew’s Mind
An operation to remove a brain cyst changed Matthew’s identity.
The Consequences of Surviving
“As medicine advances, we have more survivors. But those survivors carry trauma to their graves.”
America’s Plastic Legacy
A father and daughter tour landmarks in the early history of modern plastic and assess the toxic legacy of petrochemistry.
‘You Start Hiring Job-Quitters’
There is an ‘I’ in quit.
Our Gardens, Growing: A Reading List
Five stories about plants and gardens and the humans that tend them.
Rules of Ascent
For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?
Adventures in Solitude: A Reading List
Being alone, free of distraction, can be both a writer’s dream and a nightmare.