“White mother, black father in a part of Pennsylvania where pickups wave Confederate flags under a bruised sky. All four of them — parents and kids — have V names. Such hope in those names, their own little club of safety and love.”
Kandahar’s Lone Female Prosecutor
Independent journalist Maija Liuhto profiles Zainab Fayez — the lone female prosecutor in Kandahar who risks her life daily fighting for women’s rights.
Out of My Hands
Author Jayne Martin on physical rehab after a fall: “It’s been almost three weeks and you are standing in between the parallel bars when Sandy says, ‘Okay, now let go and walk forward over to the wall.’ A cold chill snakes its way down your spine. ‘You can do this,’ she says.”
Writer and illustrator Lucy Grove-Jones on miscarriage: “I could have told this story differently. I could have cut out the jokes about apps and fertility friendly lube. I could have mentally prepared you from the first line, signalled sooner this was a tragedy and half the cast would be dead . . .”
Hurry The Food Up
The Germany-based team of food bloggers behind Hurry The Food Up focuses on vegetarian and vegan food that’s healthy, delicious, and quick to prepare.
The Good Life Smells Just Like Gobstoppers
Jason Preu with a poem on boxes, candy, and the passing of time: “My daughter enters the room / bearing candy and a smile. // The last time I wrote of her / she was seven. Now she’s ten.”
One of the longest-running music blogs out there — with archives stretching all the way back to 2001 — Glorious Noise publishes reviews of new music and music videos, spanning a wide, eclectic range of genres.
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.”
What a Break Up Can Do to You
Post-romantic breakup, the blogger at An Historian About Town confronts the questions that will shape her life, going forward. “I don’t know where I stand on anything anymore. I don’t know what my life is or what I’m going to do with it.”
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