A girl’s story
“But the boy had not been able to stop giving away the pieces of his heart, you see. And he had run out. There were none left to share with the girl.” A sad (and true) tale of depression, adultery, and divorce, made all the more moving for its simple storytelling style.
Things I Never Told Her
At Granta, Marian Ryan pens a longform essay on rationalizing abuse, the vulnerability of the body, the failures of compassion, and being stalked on Facebook.
from something larger
“there wasn’t much to it
the smell of mornings rain
on a steamy street”
A slip of paper, a relationship failing, a short poem.
“Besides, being single, married, or anywhere in-between should have no bearing on whether or not we pursue the things that make us happy.”
The Ultimate Data-Driven Guide To Weddings
At FiveThirtyEight, Walt Hickey commissioned a poll to solve, once and for all, the thorniest wedding-etiquette conundrums (including plus ones, who to invite, and who’s expected to pay).
A Proustian View on Being Unfollowed
How do we really feel when someone unfollows our blog or our Facebook account? In this personal reflection, Andrew Reid Wildman unpeels the “layers upon layers of emotion that can find themselves interwound with social media.”
“But after the birth of our daughter . . . struggling for balance in our careers and adult lives and family responsibilities, I have come to understand both intimacy and marriage in new ways. Sometimes, intimacy isn’t closeness but distance.”
“A relationship of a paper receptacle
With its four corners, glued folds
A flap that awaits closure
With many words waiting to be
A poem by Elan Mudrow.
ILY is a web magazine that explores the broad theme of love from multiple angles and through a wide range of genres, like essays, poetry, and interviews.
The Perfect Stranger
“That was that, a beautiful boy passing in and out of my consciousness. A rare solar event, spectacular to witness but never to be glimpsed again in this lifetime.” When you never actually meet, a perfect stranger always remains perfect.
A Bit of Romance
From Tinder swipe to breakup in five short, sweet, sad vignettes: an online dating snapshot.
This Is 40: On the Virtues of Incremental Progress
Upon turning 40, screenwriter-turned-novelist Sean Carlin writes about friendship, learning, and the value of slow, gradual growth.
This Is to Mother You: On Caring for a Toxic Parent in Her Greatest Time of Need
“Despite my resentments over the secrets I had to keep and the care I was obligated to give her growing up — despite anything else at all — she is still my mother.” Jane Demuth writes about her complicated relationship with her mother.
“I was not only civil, I was gallant, / or as gallant as a girl should be / to the man of steel when he’s a molten mess / and weighing down one end of her couch, / muttering random slanders to the lamp.”
Whimsical verse recounts a late-night visit that reveals a superhero’s hidden side.
“I write personal development advice that doesn’t suck.” On the website of author, blogger, and entrepreneur Mark Manson, you’ll find articles about life — from psychology, to dating and relationships, to choice.