“Can anybody really say that socially reproducing the present state of things is a desirable goal? So, then, what do we dream of?”
The Making of Tom Wambsgans
“Before the final season of ‘Succession,’ Matthew Macfadyen and others explain the creation and expansion of the show’s most unlikely power player.”
Walking Off Grief on the Appalachian Trail
“Every hiker is called to the trail for a different reason, but we all share a common goal: We all want to finish.”
Is Anyone Ever Well?
Two new books see disability as a source of solidarity.
Haunting the Archive
“The media’s obsession with my mother changed my relationship to grief.”
Secrets of the Christmas Trade
“Turf wars. Protection money. Scientology. And my boss, a man who’s half-convinced he really is Santa.”
Best of 2022: Personal Essays
Five notable personal essays published this year, on friendship, loss, war, endings, and metaphors.
Our Most-Read Longreads Originals of 2022
These essays and reported features are our most-read stories of the year.
Reading Joan Didion Taught Me How to Not Write About Hawaiʻi
“Didion depicts Hawaiʻi as a place that exists solely in the white American imagination, and, because of this, her journalism is a fiction.”
‘Exposed as the Mother Who Cannot Weave’: Grace Loh Prasad on Family and Community
In a recent essay, Grace Loh Prasad muses on motherhood, the bond of family, and finding community.