Personal Essay Filter
  1. Finding Jesus in the Tear Gas

    “During the day, MDP Circle is a dreamy little slice of what could be without the tyrannical hand of the state. At night, the police gas and shoot anyone gathered there. The oscillation between joy and terror is exhausting.”

    Current Events
  2. #ADA30InColor

    The Disability Visibility Project compiles #ADA30InColor, a series of essays on the past, present, and future of disability rights and justice by 13 disabled BIPOC writers.

    Autism
  3. On Family Secrets and How We Deliver Bad News

    “She’d have less to worry about if she knew none of these things. But if she knew none of these things, I reason, she also wouldn’t know me.” At LitHub, Rachel Beanland explores whether or not family secrets are ever justified.

    Death
  4. 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
  5. “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
  6. “Making space for another viewpoint does not negate yours. Quite the opposite — it provides more context and framework for your own experience.” (Kiara Goodwin, The Everygirl)

    Commentary
  7. Pandemic Time

    “The cinematic version of time passing, which often shows a succession of calendar pages disappearing off the screen, blown away by the breeze, was never how I understood time.” Terry at Vertigo shares her thoughts on time.

    Art
  8. 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
  9. Meg Guliford on being a black grad student right now: “I’m disappointed with and disheartened by the institutional expectation that pressing forward with little interruption while trying to process all this heartbreak is healthy.”

    Academia
  10. 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
  11. Early Winter

    “I want for this type of springtime but right now, the meadow has been cut down and the only way for me to accept this is to pretend we are in early winter.” In quarantine, the writer at Rarasaur reflects on her shortage of words.

    Personal Essay
  12. A Journal of the Plague Year

    “I have always used writing to process my experiences and ideas. As a result, it seems natural, as the pace of life slows and more of us are confined to our homes, to use words to explore the shifts that this period will bring.” Ann Morgan launches a new blog to chronicle this time of […]

    Authors
  13. So, it’s Autism Awareness Day

    “I’ll always see the world in a slightly different way than most people, but I’ve figured out a system that works for me, and it gives me great strength.” For Autism Awareness Day, Justin McElroy reflects on life on the spectrum.

    Autism
  14. Blogging in the Time of Coronavirus: A Reading List

    Writing and art in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Art
    "Social distancing, Florida-style." Sarasota-based artist and photographer Neil Murray publishes sketches from his "Virus Diaries" series.
  15. 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