Michelle Weber
Senior editor, Longreads. Chief Semicolon Advocate, WordPress.com. Professional writer, editor, napper, and dog-snorgler. Knows you are, but what is she?
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  1. ‘If I was waiting for confidence to write, I’d still be waiting’

    Online mag gal-dem sits down with writer and cultural critic Roxane Gay: “Bodies rarely follow rules. We all live in bodies that are complicated, and we should create space for that unruliness instead of always trying to discipline it.”

    Authors
  2. The 21st Century Is Old Enough To Legally Drink

    “I’ve never taken coke or, to my knowledge, had a helicopter doing surveillance on me. Yet, merely because I watched Goodfellas at an impressionable age, and several times since, every time I see a helicopter I feel like I’m on coke and the helicopter is doing surveillance on me.”

    Personal Musings
  3. Photo Essay
  4. Potty-Mouthed Professors: Why They’re the Best

    Is it acceptable to curse in college classrooms? For one professor, it’s a cornerstone of his pedagogy.

    Academia
    Photo by Alex Naud via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
  5. Welcome To My New Netflix Show

    “The joy of purging? Ha ha no way Marie Kondo, we’re here to talk about the joy of binging! Binging my new Netflix show, of course. And also stuff. So much stuff.”

    Humor
  6. Take a Break from December with the Year’s Best Longreads

    Shut out the hustle and bustle for 15 minutes, and dig into a good story.

    Journalism
  7. The Philosophical Salon

    Published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Philosophical Salon‘s mission is to bring together leading intellectuals from across the world in a single forum.

    Culture
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  8. Animals
  9. Too Close to Call

    “Across our 50 states we vote by mail, ranked-choice selection, provisionally, and by absentee— the fact we can know anything on election night is nothing short of a bureaucratic miracle. So the spectacle of election night television should be considered as just that: entertainment only loosely connected to determining the shift in political power.”

    Current Events
  10. Seasonal Site Spruce-Ups: Take a Lesson from Food Bloggers

    Give your site a little end-of-year glitz (and boost engagement) with tips and tricks from the masters of holiday engagement.

    Inspiration
  11. I Applied to 200 Jobs and All I Got Was This Moderate-Severe Depression

    “Like most ambitious English majors, I hoped I would find work in either teaching or writing after graduation. Long story short, I ended up graduating magna cum laude, won my department’s award, and learned that no one really wants to talk about E.M. Forster while playing beer pong. Go figure.”

    Academia
    Image from Flazingo Photos via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
  12. An Extraordinary Machine

    “Same kid. Different wrapper.” In 2004, the Smartypants family adopted baby Nora. In 2018, they amended Nora’s Certificate of Foreign Birth when Nora transitioned, changing his name Aaron.

    Family
  13. “I carried shame from generations I had never even met. Generations who had shame imposed on them for nothing more than being the wrong people at the wrong time. Wrong stories, wrong skin. I have lived a life carrying things that were never mine to carry in the first place.”

    Identity
  14. But neither are you free to desist from it.

    “If the hill is civil rights, if the hill is justice, if the hill is moral goodness or righteousness or whatever you personally call that, then the child that is the United States started pulling the sled up the hill in the late eighteenth century. And we didn’t start near the top.”

    Current Events
  15. Heterotopias

    Architecture and gaming come together in this digital zine focused on the spaces and structures in video games and virtual worlds — dig in to studies and visual essays dissecting spaces of play, exploration, and violence.

    Jetpack