Vanessa Loh

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Manspreading Writ Large: Rebecca Solnit on Space

In <i>Harper’s,</i> Rebecca Solnit explores space and boundaries: Who has access to what spaces, with what limitations? What does this mean for those who are …

When Things Go Missing

Reflections on two seasons of loss.<p>A couple of years ago, I spent the summer in Portland, Oregon, losing things. I normally live on the East Coast, but that year, unable to face another sweltering August, I decided to temporarily decamp to the West. This turned out to be strangely easy. I’d lived …

The Kink in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

In August of 2013, Elon Musk casually released a 58-page proposal online with the unassuming title “Hyperloop Alpha.” Building on an idea the Tesla …

The Cultural Impact of “A Wrinkle in Time”

My beloved fourth-grade teacher, Miss York, held my class in rapture as she read aloud a chapter of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, <i>A Wrinkle in Time,</i> …

The History of the Future: a Reading List

Once Upon a Time in the Western Electric: the story of an era when you could hijack a long-distance line by whistling into the phone. This is the …

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

The literary mainstream once relegated her work to the margins. Then she transformed the mainstream.<p>Politics has been obsessing a lot of people lately, and Ursula K. Le Guin is far from immune to bouts of political anger. In an e-mail to me last winter, she wrote that she felt “eaten up” with …

On Female Friendship and the Sisters We Choose for Ourselves

<i>Chloe Caldwell |</i> I’ll Tell You In Person <i>| Coffee House Press | October 2016 | 19 minutes (4,768 words)</i><p>“Do you get in bed and cuddle with Chloe in the …

The Care and Keeping of Notebooks: A Reading List

I found my favorite notebook—a red Moleskine, narrow-ruled, hardback—at the Harvard Book Store while on vacation. I liked its bold color. Someone had …

Productivity

The 10 Sexiest Books That Are Also Really Well Written

It’s lit<p>Most sex writing is notoriously terrible. For the most part, the reason we blush when reading a sex scene is not because we’re getting all hot and bothered, but rather because we’re embarrassed—for the author, for ourselves, for, like, <i>literature</i>.<p>And yet, when sex writing is good, there is …

Books

The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee

Do mission-driven organizations with tight budgets have any choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their staffs?<p>Earlier this year, at the encouragement of President Obama, the Department of Labor finalized the most significant update to the federal rules on overtime in decades. The new rules …

Nonprofits

The Mystery of Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius<p>an exhibition at Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, February 13–May 8, 2016<p>Catalog of the …

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

Napkin Finance Fits Basic Financial Advice in the Space of a Napkin

The most basic money skills aren’t all that complicated, even if we make it so. To prove the point, Napkin Finance fits the basics into the space of …

Six Stories for Mother’s Day | Longreads | May. 8, 2016

This week, I’ve collected stories about new moms, missing moms, dead moms and boomer moms, if only to demonstrate that there is no one way to have a …

Nestlé’s Half-Billion-Dollar Noodle Debacle in India

<b>By Erika Fry</b><p>Photograph by The Voorhes for Fortune Magazine; Type by Sinelab<p>April 26, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p><i>Nestlé spent three decades building a beloved</i> …

The Answer Is Never

<i>Sabine Heinlein | Longreads | April 2015 | 16 minutes (3,886 words)</i><p>One time, when I was in my early twenties, I shared a hospital room with a mother …