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  1. Longreads on Motherhood: A Reading List

    Dive into four personal essays on motherhood.

    Essay
  2. My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic depression, and I am not ashamed.

    “At that moment, I realized that I had lived my life in a room that was so loud, all I could do every day was deal with how loud it was. But with the help of my wife, my doctor, and medical science, I found a doorway out of that room.”

    Health
    Image via wilwheaton.net
  3. How Do We Write Now?

    Patricia Lockwood on writing in a time of distractions: “The feeling you get after hours of scrolling that all your thoughts have been replaced with cotton candy . . . as opposed to the feeling of being open to poetry, to being inside the poem, which is the feeling of being honey in the hive.”

    Essay
  4. What Does Sustainable, Fair Trade Coffee Mean?

    Shannon O’Donnell at A Little Adrift explores what “sustainably produced” really means: “I will spend more to ensure that the root communities behind our goods are treated with respect. Stemming from my physical journey to understand coffee came a new journey to match my actions to my belief in our shared humanity and the common good.”

    Culture
  5. Coachella, Underground

    “But the festival has little bearing on the lives of people on the valley’s east side, except perhaps as a reminder of how easy it is to not see them.” Investigative journalist Gabriel Thompson explores the lives of Latinos and the undocumented in California’s Coachella Valley, a region known for its annual music festival.

    Current Events
    Illustration by Kate Gavino
  6. 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.”

    Abuse
  7. “Cancer Is Completing My Life, Making It Whole”: The Blogging Journey of Julie Yip-Williams

    In Julie Yip-Williams’ final blog post at My Cancer Fighting Journey, she recounts her blog-to-book journey.

    Death
  8. Should You Become a Photographer?

    Madara Parma, a Latvian photographer, asked six of her peers around the world, from India to Argentina, to share their honest takes on the joys and challenges of a career in photography.

    Art
  9. 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.

    Authors
  10. 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
  11. Global Catastrophe Is Just Two Melted Glaciers Away

    In a widely shared article, Grist writer and meteorologist Eric Holthaus warns about the rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers and the devastating floods that could ensue.

    Current Events
  12. 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
  13. Inside the “Fake, Fantastical” World of Zumba

    At Quartz, Amy X. Wang returns from a week at a major Zumba convention with an entertaining, critical account of the dance-fitness fad’s origins and its current popularity.

    Business
    Image by Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ (CC BY 2.0)
  14. The Power of Reading: Connecting People Around the World Through Books

    In a guest post, author Ann Morgan—the blogger at A Year of Reading the World—reflects on her 2017 project, “Postcards from my bookshelf.”

    Authors
    Author Ann Morgan of A Year of Reading the World in Crete.
  15. You Can See the Battle Scars

    In Venezuela, journalist Christian Borys talks to the young activists who are torn between leaving for a better future elsewhere, and fighting on in a country that’s becoming less and less livable.

    Current Events