Personal Essay Filter
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. The Unknown Virus: A Personal Story

    Larry Cuban shares a relevant personal story on getting polio in 1944: “Now as an old man, the fear I have of the coronavirus striking my family, friends, and the nation must be close to what my parents must have felt when I got polio three-quarters of a century ago.”

    Current Events
  7. Memoir Mixtapes

    Music and memory are inextricably linked, and at Memoir Mixtapes, you’ll find creative nonfiction and poetry inspired by the ways music shapes the lives of listeners.

    Culture
  8. Eulogy to my mother

    Alex Cochrane writes a eulogy for his mother, who lived a unique and incredible life: “The lives of both my parents wildly oscillated between disaster and triumph – a drunken lurch between palace and dosshouse.”

    Death
    Photo via adcochrane
  9. Your Work Is Influenced by the Story You Tell Yourself

    “While there are environmental forces—such as leadership and workplace culture—that influence what we believe about ourselves, ultimately we are the stewards of our own stories.” On his personal blog, content strategist Paul Jun muses on the stories we tell ourselves about the work we do.

    Essay
  10. 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
  11. Pick a piece of sky

    “Reluctant to give up the exclamatory joy of seeing, I have built a life at the untranslated point of an outstretched finger.” Roxani Krystalli writes about exploring the Scottish landscape and learning to see differently.

    Essay
  12. The Not-So-Slow Leak

    “Some are tired. All are broke. Some are gay or trans and suffer for it. All have professional ambitions beyond what they can achieve on a blockaded island.” At Here is Havana, Conner Gorry reflects on emigration, loss, and Cuba.

    Exploration
    Photo by Bibhash Banerjee
  13. ALAMORE

    “Putting the two sets of letters together – 96 in total – with my diaries, I realised I had invaluable source material which covered social attitudes of the time together with national and international events…. Throughout there is a love story and the building of a relationship.” At Alamore, Maureen Blake publishes letters and diary […]

    Current Events
  14. 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
  15. 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