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Against marriage

Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It’s a bad idea<i>By Clare Chambers</i>Read at Aeon

Anachronistic

A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs

Native Americans

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

<b>W</b>hen Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a …

Pregnancy

A Betrayal

If Henry is killed, his death can be traced to a quiet moment in the fall of 2016, when he sat slouched in his usual seat by the door in 11th-grade …

Crime

Gun Fatalism Is Reasonable in a Terrifying Country

On Monday, January 22, 2018, 15-year-old Gabe Parker was, the best anyone could tell, doing fine. The following day, he overslept, had some cereal, …

Guns

Who Does She Think She Is?

<i>Laurie Penny | Longreads | March 2018 | 23 minutes (5,933 words)</i> Another day at the <i>Telegraph</i> and another attack on Laurie Penny.<br>— Nick Cohen, <i>The</i> …

Feminism

Fuelling the future

Fantasies about new power sources for human ambitions go back a century or more. Could these past visions energise our own future?<i>By Iwan Rhys …

Science Fiction

Blockchain Just Isn’t As Radical As You Want It To Be

<i>Rachel O’Dwyer | An essay originally anthologized in</i> Ours To Hack and To Own<i>: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, A New Vision for the Future of Work</i> …

Blockchain

How Black Panther Asks Us to Examine Who We Are To One Another

<i>Rahawa Haile | Longreads | February 2018 | 12 minutes (3,078 words)</i>(<i>Spoiler alert! This essay contains numerous spoilers about the film</i> Black …

Black Panther

The Internet Isn’t Forever

Maria Bustillos | Columbia Journalism Review | February 2018 |2900 words (12 minutes)<i>This story is published in collaboration with the</i> Columbia …

Journalism

The Diagnosis and Surgery I Had to Fight For

<i>Sari Botton | Longreads | April 2017 | 10 minutes (2,500 words)</i><p>Illness awareness months are a mixed bag. While they provide an opportunity to call …

The Case Against Eating Fish

I don’t eat fish. And before I explain why, let me state upfront that I’m not aiming to shame fish eaters. I’m not an activist or an alarmist. I’m an …

Casting Out Satan and Your Religious Upbringing

Some of us have to leave the suburbs to find ourselves. Some of us leave the family business. At <i>Elle</i>, Sunny Sea Gold recounts how she had to leave …

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop. And what about the women? The list immediately becomes much more …

Border Wars

<i>When the South is everywhere and nowhere</i><p>Preparing me for a competition up South in Pittsburgh, my violin teacher in Memphis—blond, slight, …

Obama’s Parting Gift: The Power Not to Fear White Racism

The only Inauguration I have attended, and probably the only one I ever will attend, was Barack Obama’s first, eight years ago. My wife and I were nearly broke, but we gathered money from the life insurance left by my mother, who had died of lung cancer six weeks before the election. We wrapped our …

Michelle Obama

Going It Alone

It's the spring of 2016, and I’m ten miles south of Damascus, Virginia, where an annual celebration called Trail Days has just wrapped up. Last night, temperatures plummeted into the thirties. Today, long-distance Appalachian Trail hikers who’d slept in hammocks and mailed their underquilts home …

Hiking

What Consent Means in the Age of #MeToo

Bordering on coercion is a category of experience that researchers call compliance: sex that you don’t particularly want to have but aren’t being …

Nova Scotia

What Being a Bike Courier Taught Me About Our Broken Economy

I take my first order on a Sunday morning in April 2016 at a small breakfast café. I wait at the bar, balancing the delivery bag on my lap. The …

The 75-Year (and Counting) Christian Interracial Farm Experiment

<b>It would be easy</b> to miss the entrance to Koinonia Farm. Nine miles south of Plains, Georgia, on a quiet stretch of Georgia State Route 49, past …

Black History

Parenting Class Dropout

<i>Paulette Kamenecka | Longreads | November 2017 | 13 minutes (3,271 words)</i> In the early months of my pregnancy, when practical concerns still floated …

Mind

Children of the opioid epidemic are flooding foster homes. America is turning a blind eye.

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Long before the social workers showed up in his living room this March, Matt …

A Team of Their Own

<b>Kate Maston takes off</b> from third base, barreling toward home plate. Waiting for her arrival is the opposing catcher, a 12-year-old boy who is a year older and almost a foot taller than she. He's also in her way. No big deal. She's quick and she's nimble. She's also unafraid. In a race to beat the …

Gender

About a Boy: A transgender teen at the tipping point (Part 1)

Jay woke in darkness, the summer and a girlhood behind him. A sharp pain stabbed through his stomach. In an hour, he would be a high school</i> …

Hot Wheels

Rumpus Exclusive: Passing as Privileged

I was at a networking event a couple of months ago, talking to a few other young New York City journalists. As it often does, the conversation …

Skinny Jeans

We’ve Always Hated Girls Online: A Wayback Machine Investigation

<i>Julianne Aguilar |</i> Longreads<i> | February 2018 | 14 minutes (2,894 words)</i>Once upon a time, in 1999, when the internet was small, when it came <i>through</i> …

Middle School

The Koch Brothers vs. God

<i>Kenya Downs</i> | Grist<i></i> and Longreads<i> | March 2018 | 12 minutes (2,896 words)</i>The following Longreads Exclusive was produced in partnership with Grist. …

Fossil Fuels

Courage Before the Thaw

<b>Photographs by Ash Adams</b>I arrived in Homer, Alaska, just after the trees died. It was 1999. A string of warm summers had emboldened a tiny beetle …

Global Warming

A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio

<i>Justin Nobel | Longreads | January 2018 | 14 minutes (3,538 words)</i><p>We begin with a glass of wine on the wraparound porch of Michele Garman, who lives …

How Do You Control One of Nature’s Biggest Rivers?

The 2,350-mile long Mississippi River is the world’s fourth longest river and it functions as America’s economic lynchpin. As one Missouri farmer put …

Mississippi River