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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Here are five stories that moved us this week, and the reasons why. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Dislodged Josh McColough | The Missouri Review | April 15th, 2022 | 5,508 words I was drawn this week to a few reads about California road trips, including one on Joan Didion, as well as an essay by Josh McColough...

Our Braided Bread

Benjamin DuBow | Longreads | May 2022 | 16 minutes (4,536 words)   Reader note: Click the footnote numbers to jump to note; from there, click the numbers again to return to the story.   Early on Friday mornings, when the air still whispers with the night, I make sure to feed Orlando before heading out to the community farm. Back when I first got...

Cabin Fever: A Reading List for the Perpetually Isolated

By Kara Devlin  It was only a few weeks ago that I found out cabin fever — the restlessness, irritability, and loneliness that a person feels when confined to one place for too long — was a genuine, medical term and not just a casual way of joking about isolation. I was on a hypochondriac mission, tasked with discovering exactly why I felt so completely...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Here are five stories that moved us this week, and the reasons why. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Woman Who Killed Roe Kerry Howley | New York Magazine | May 9th, 2022 | 7,800 words When I was 13, sex education was part of religion class — this is what happens when you attend a Catholic middle school. We were...

Celebrating Bitch Magazine: A Reading List

By A. H. Reaume   My first subscription to Bitch Magazine was a gift. I was in my second year of university and couldn’t afford to subscribe. So, when my sister asked what I wanted for my birthday, the answer was easy.  I’d attended Catholic schools my whole life. By the time I was 19, I wanted nothing to do with the church because of its stance...

Plotting Out Structure and Writing Out Heroes: A Chat With the Writer and Editor Behind The Atavist‘s New Issue

As host of The Creative Nonfiction Podcast, Brendan O’Meara is no stranger to talking about the art and craft of storytelling. In this craft-focused excerpt, we’re digging into Episode 313, in which he interviewed Atavist editor-in-chief Seyward Darby and writer Katia Savchuk about their work on the latest issue of The Atavist. Why don’t we copy the...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Here are five stories that moved us this week, and the reasons why. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Paper, Cut Various Authors | Washington City Paper | May 5th, 2022 | 12,400 words Another day, another beloved print publication calling it quits. Washington City Paper, which nurtured such writing luminaries as Ta-Nehisi...

‘This Wasn’t His First Time’

Katia Savchuk |  The Atavist Magazine | April 2022 | 17 minutes (4,588 words) This is an excerpt from The Atavist’s issue no. 126, “A Crime Beyond Belief.” 1. The Atavist, our sister publication, publishes one deeply reported, elegantly designed story each month. Support The Atavist by becoming a member. Just after seven in the morning on June 9,...

Down and Out in Habersham

William Torrey | Longreads | May 2022 | 22 minutes (6,162 words) For Matt McAuliffe I Sometime during what I hoped would be the end of the pandemic, I found myself hungover and alone in my front yard, sweating as I stared at the piles of crap I had to cram into our Subaru, piles that would somehow cohere into our temporary new life. “Fuck me,” I...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Here are five stories that moved us this week, and the reasons why. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Safer Than Childbirth Tamara Dean | The American Scholar | March 4th, 2022 | 3,700 words Anti-abortion advocates seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade would have you think that the practice of terminating pregnancies is...

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