Essay Filter
  1. The Center Everywhere

    “Of all the things that I am sure about, I am sure that my perception does not describe the reality, it is only my reality.” At A Light Circle, M.P. Baecker writes a thoughtful, poignant essay on self-centeredness and awareness.

    Essay
  2. TRUE

    Brought to you by the makers of Proximity Magazine, True publishes weekly interviews and essays on the craft of memoir and telling true stories.

    Essay
  3. The MFA Years

    Founded and edited by Caitlin Neely, The MFA Years follows the experiences of first and second year MFA candidates in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

    Academia
  4. 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.

    Art
  5. History: the Ghost at the Feast

    “Real life very rarely supplies us with strong, convincing narratives so we create our own in order to give ourselves a sense of purpose and meaning.” Ben Newmark contemplates the teaching of history and creating our own narratives on a personal and larger scale.

    Education
  6. 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.

    Authors
    By Kjell Reigstad
  7. 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.

    Commentary
  8. The Death Project

    Susan Briscoe’s blog documents her life with advanced terminal cancer, and focuses on her belief that “it’s important to talk about death and dying in this society that tries so hard to avoid it.”

    Culture
  9. Jellyfish Review

    An online journal committed to creative nonfiction and flash fiction of 1,000 words or fewer. “We have a soft spot for beautiful things with stings.”

    Essay
    Photo by Rian Castillo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
  10. I Think, Therefore I Am Getting the Goddamned Epidural

    Western philosophy clashes with Rebecca Schuman’s birth plan in her hilarious, harrowing Longreads essay.

    Essay
    Illustration by Annelise Capossela
  11. One Does Not Simply Add Ethics to Technology

    L. M. Sacasas’s essay reminds us that the tension between technology and ethics isn’t new — we’re just coming back to it these days with new questions and new challenges.

    Commentary
  12. diaCRITICS

    Co-founded by Pulitzer-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, diaCRITICS covers the arts, culture, and politics of Vietnamese diasporas around the world.

    Art
    Image by manhhai (CC BY 2.0)
  13. Author Amanda Mininger on Coming Back to Writing

    “I don’t recognize the words anymore. Who was I back then?”

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  14. Native Appropriations

    Adrian Keene, the writer behind Native Appropriations, focuses on current events and popular culture through the lens of Native American representation.

    Commentary
  15. Reditus: On Coming Back to Writing

    “I’m coming back to writing today to peer down the silent well.” Author Amanda Mininger on the cyclical nature of self-expression, and what drives us back to the written word time after time.

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