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  1. How NOT to be an academic a**hole during Covid

    “Just as talking about mental health does not make you weak, making a space for people to talk about quitting the PhD does not make more people leave.” At The Thesis Whisperer, professor Inger Mewburn writes about mental health, quitting the PhD, and toxic positivity in academia.

    Academia
  2. Beneath the black rocks

    An essay on death, loss, and coronavirus: “The same unknown that makes me nurse the thought of my mother’s death, makes me think of the loneliness of everyone who died of the virus…. For decades, for the rest of their lives they will be imagining the last moments of the ones who left them.”

    Death
  3. “Crescent City” by Anna Oberg

    “Living in Katrina’s wake, I cannot make sense of this haunted world. New Orleans is a place that has survived, but isn’t healing. I can identify. Despite having married the next man who loves me, I am still broken from the last one, who did not.”

    Essay
  4. On Injustice, Inequality, and Being Black in America: A Reading List

    Personal posts, essays, and interviews by Black writers, bloggers, and thinkers, compiled by our editorial team.

    Commentary
    Photo by Markus Spiske
  5. The Dysfunction of Food

    Kim Foster’s James Beard Award-winning essay weaves together the themes of family, addiction, and fast food into a beautiful (and heartbreaking) narrative.

    Cooking
  6. This is not my first rodeo

    “I know that this situation, while ‘oh this again’ for me, is probably novel and once-in-a-lifetime for you. That is, in fact, why I did the job I did for 30 years: so that shortages and lockdowns and shutdowns and uncertainty aren’t life-as-usual for you.” The writer at InBLOGnito shares learnings from years of facing […]

    Commentary
  7. Artificial Intelligence Will Do What We Ask. That’s a Problem.

    By teaching machines to understand our true desires, one scientist hopes to avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of having them do what we command.

    Business
  8. Whatever Happened to ______ ?

    “Being a mother, a woman, a wife and a writer is different from being a writer-writer. It’s possibly more precarious.” This Longreads essay by an anonymous writer — which has gone viral — is about the struggle to write as a woman, a mother, and as the wife of another writer who is jealous of […]

    Abuse
  9. The English Language Is, and Was, Profoundly Multicultural

    At The Public Medievalist, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne dives deep into the diverse roots of the English language, which “has always been enriched by contact with other languages.”

    Commentary
  10. Hunting Dinosaurs in Central Africa

    At Contingent Magazine, Edward Guimont dives deep into the 19th century, and tells the story of the strange European quest to find living dinosaurs in Africa.

    Animals
  11. Let Me Show You the World

    Iman Sultan explores the rich storytelling traditions that gave the world Aladdin — but that have been all but erased in the blockbuster Disney versions.

    Culture
  12. Great Canadian Longform

    The Great Canadian Longform team curates well-crafted stories from and about Canada. It invites readers to explore less-known aspects of the world’s second-largest country, covering culture, crime, and sports (among other topics).

    Culture
  13. The Possessed: Dispatches from the Third Trimester

    “The impulse to see pregnancy as a sci-fi curiosity turns pregnant people into something that is not human, or at least adds an asterisk to their humanity.” In this longread, Sara Fredman writes about pregnancy, demons, and Stranger Things.

    Essay
  14. Cut From the Same Cloth

    “For all I say I’m envious of my daughter’s freedoms, perhaps the older woman has more leeway, more agency.” Artist Myfanwy Tristram was irritated by her teenage daughter’s extreme fashions — until she took an illustrated journey into their origins.

    Art
  15. From Blog to Book to TV Show: The Journey of an Uber Driver

    “Each story was about a real person, where they were at in their lives, and the impact their worlds had on mine.” Writer and Uber driver Ben Phillips shares the wild ride of transforming his blog into a television series.

    Authors
    Image courtesy of Ben Phillips