Essay Filter
  1. The sentences that make the stories

    At Nieman Storyboard, Jacqui Banaszynski highlights great sentences from two books, including Tommy Orange’s There There: From the dancing came the dancing. She writes: “It is lovely all on its own, as an arrangement of a few words between punctuation and white space. It is musical, especially when read aloud.”

    Authors
  2. If ‘leaving SF’ essays are mandatory, here is mine

    Jonathan Kauffman says goodbye to San Francisco: “Of the friends who packed my going-away party in 2006, less than 10 remain in town. More leave every year. The city whose culinary history and geography I know better than almost everyone has made it clear that I will never own any piece of it.”

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  3. The Offing

    The Offing is a literary magazine that publishes writing in all genres and art in all forms. It actively seeks out work that experiments and provokes, and supports emerging writers and those who are marginalized in literary spaces.

    Art
  4. Between Worlds

    At Orion Magazine, Anya Groner reports on how “slow-moving disasters” brought about by climate change are affecting communities in Louisiana and Alaska.

    Environment
    Photo by Michel Varisco.
  5. Stranger’s Guide

    “The world is changing. So should the way we cover it.” Stranger’s Guide publishes place-based writing and is committed to “multi-dimensional views of locations, showcasing writers native to each place.”

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  6. Sejal A. Shah on neurodiversity: “They say creativity arises in part from brain chemistry. Living with manic depressive illness has shaped me, created the contours of my adult life. I don’t tell everyone, but I am telling more.”

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  7. 5280 Magazine

    Denver, Colorado, is 5,280 feet above sea level. 5280 is the city’s local guide and magazine for high-quality journalism.

    Culture
  8. The Believer Magazine

    The Believer is a bimonthly literature, arts, and culture magazine that publishes journalism, essays, interviews, comics, poetry, a symposium around a theme, and a column by Nick Hornby.

    Culture
  9. Columbine, 20 Years Later

    Was it possible, we wondered, that Columbine, that seminal moment in American history, had taught us nothing?” A special issue at 5280 covers the community of Columbine, Colorado, 20 years after the Columbine High School shooting.

    Commentary
  10. Wonder Woman

    “We’re all a little weird thanks to our mothers. I’m carrying that tradition on with my own children.” Mary Laura Philpott, who blogged previously at I Miss You When I Blink, shares an excerpt from her new essay collection at Longreads.

    Authors
  11. Alta

    Alta publishes writing on the issues, culture, personalities, politics, lifestyle, and history of California and the West.

    Culture
    Photo by Oscar Salgado from Pexels
  12. Wandling Free?

    Musings at Richly Evocative on the Wandle in London: “Walking next to a river, perhaps especially an urban survivor like the Wandle, is the chance to connect with something beyond ourselves. Where the river goes and how it turns, or loops back on itself, meanders and twists, is often nothing to do with us humans.”

    Environment
  13. The Teen Idol Vanishes

    “Without 24/7 media, without the internet, a fiction like Dylan McKay could overtake a fact like Luke Perry.” 90210 star Luke Perry’s untimely death reminds us that Dylan McKay was one of the last icons of adolescence.

    Commentary
    Adam Scull / AP, Getty, Collage by Katie Kosma
  14. The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Pearls

    Born from irritation and intrusion, luminous and complex, surprisingly durable: pearls are rich with symbolism and saturated with pain.

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    Illustration by Jacob Stead
  15. Atlantic City Is Really Going Down This Time

    There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is going under. The only question left is: Can an entire city donate its body to science?

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    Illustration by Matt Chinworth