“Maybe I wasn’t the son Dad wanted. Maybe, if he could have, he would have picked another kid, a son he could enjoy parenting.”
Our list of some of the great reported essays published this year includes reads on grief, veganism, the geology of Mexico City, and British real estate.
Humans are social creatures, and loneliness can be debilitating — yet, many have discovered solace in the solitary life.
As good as the headline is, the piece is even better — an essay about the actor’s afterlife plans that doubles as an elegy for privacy, nostalgia, and everything else we carry with us through this world. His heart, inside his chest, inside the mushroom burial shroud, was pressed against the silty soil left behind by […]
When the pandemic upended her daily life, Deb Olin Unferth started walking, and one day met a goose. A measured, tender tale of loss and love and difficult friendship — one that warns you throughout that a sting is coming, but manages to sneak up and wallop you anyway. He was feisty, the town bully, […]
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The pieces that moved us the most this year.
The writer of the Immigrant Strong newsletter wants to diversify your bookshelf.
Whether adding a hyphen or changing one’s name completely, the process of naming can be complex.
A hidden diary, a love story, and a mystery.