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  1. The Urban Frontier Cabin

    On vanlife in the San Francisco Bay Area: “A van might cost about $600 a month with a five year loan. There’s insurance, gas, maintenance, and a gym membership for showers and such. But compare that to the one bedroom apartment it’s parked in front of that’s renting for $5,400 — assuming you can…move in.”

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  2. Maria Popova on Evergreen Ideas and Rethinking the Meaning of Content

    Maria Popova, the founder of Brain Pickings, on how she loathes the term “content” when applied to cultural material: “One can’t ‘own’ any fragment of this complex interlacing of ideas and influences we call culture.”

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  3. On Fear

    Writer and political organizer Alex Press on fear: “It’s hard to imagine such a state of mind, writing from the present. Ours feels like a time of fear, defined by it much as I was then defined by its absence.”

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  4. Journalist Natalia Antonova on writing about abuse: “Being vulnerable is not just about opening up to other people — it’s about opening up to yourself. Knowing yourself. Knowing what you are actually capable of.”

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  5. The Untold Story of a Prison Guard’s Struggle

    Tyler Caffee recounts his sister Jami’s experience while working at Corcoran State Prison in California, one of the highest security prisons in the US. The essay raises awareness of the increased risk of suicide for female correctional officers and is part of the Unofficial Archives series at Tropics of Meta.

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  6. Meanjin

    One of Australia’s leading and longest-running literary journals, Meanjin Quarterly publishes essays, fiction, and poetry by authors ranging from the up and coming to the globally celebrated.

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  7. Michael Moreci on what science fiction can teach us about ourselves: ” . . . sci-fi possesses the unique ability to instruct and inform, to subtly—or, at times, not-so-subtly—act as a warning of what happens to worlds overrun with inequality, with war, and with hate.”

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  8. “But in cooking an egg, Le Guin shows us the beauty of difficult things: the things we do not to survive, not because we must, but because we’re challengingly, gloriously alive.”

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  9. Architectural Afterlife

    “People were here once, living and working and now they are gone while the collapsing ruins remain a place that is looked past by so many.” Preserving history through imagery, Cleveland, Ohio-based photojournalist Johnny Joo documents the history of decaying, forgotten places across the US.

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  10. All My Stories Are Political. I Checked.

    Phenderson Djèlí Clark on getting political in sci-fi/fantasy: “It informs my writing. It informs my characters. It informs my imagination. It informs my very reason for creating. I guess I’ve always known I was a political writer of SFF. Because there are no ‘non-sci-fi/fantasy issues.’”

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  11. Yours In Sisterhood

    To start a new conversation on feminism, the Yours in Sisterhood documentary project features 300 strangers in 32 states reading and responding to unpublished letters sent to Ms. Magazine in the 1970s.

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  12. MOMUS: A Return to Art Criticism

    MOMUS is an online art publication where you’ll find serious and engaging writing on the international art scene, from reviews to longform essays.

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  13. “But there’s also the passive sexism — the status quo — that people have trouble seeing or don’t think they engage in until they catch themselves doing it because it’s so ingrained, that we also desperately need to fix.”

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  14. Longreads Best of 2017: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks

    Looking for some good reading during the holiday season? Here’s every story that was chosen as number one in Longreads’ Weekly Top 5 email.

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    By Kjell Reigstad
  15. John Pavlovitz

    A North Carolina-based pastor, John Pavlovitz writes on the noisy, messy intersection of faith, politics, and social justice in the U.S.

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