1. “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.”

    Family
  2. 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.

    Abuse
    Photo by Ken Hendricks
  3. 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.”

    Personal Essay
  4. Expecting

    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 . . .”

    Comics
    Illustration by Lucy Grove-Jones
  5. 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.

    Cooking
  6. 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.”

    Parenting
  7. Glorious Noise

    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.

    Culture
  8. Architecture
  9. 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
  10. 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.”

    Personal Musings