Posts Tagged: long reads

Dress Your Family In Your Lover's Shoes

I was asleep on the overnight train from Carbondale to Chicago, dreaming about snuggling with my boyfriend, Sam. I awoke to find myself reaching for my seatmate—a newly released convict who did not want to snuggle.

“No,” he said, crossing his arms. I knew he was a former inmate from his grey sweatpants, matching t-shirt, and prison-issued sneakers. The Pinckneyville Correctional Center is halfway between Southern Illinois and Union Station. The midnight train is the cheapest option for shipping freed men north.

He shook his head. “I don’t cuddle.”

“Sorry,” I mumbled. It seemed pointless to explain that I’d thought he was my boyfriend of one [...]


New York Magazine's Tribute to Ms.

What's more fun than a 10-page article on modern feminism? A four page article on feminist bloggers! No smiling! (Jokes aside, both pieces are very good.)


"Linda Lovelace As Herself"

It would be specious to claim that such a hastily and poorly produced film could anticipate and perhaps partially cause the events of the ensuing decade, except we know for a fact that it did. Deep Throat was perhaps the purest crystallization of the philosophy upon which the seventies were built. Afterward, when Linda attempted to unstick her symbolism from herself, she seemed to the public to be discrediting the cultural revolution she had inadvertently helped create—a revolution which, in a larger context, was soon associated not just with fellatio and miniskirts, but with Nixon’s resignation, the end of Vietnam, freedom of speech, and the monolith of women’s liberation. By disavowing her [...]


"If I could go back again, I think I’d try … not going to college"

(10:24 p.m.) CLARE: how about they just call us SAA self-absorbed assholes ME: booo CLARE: we need a D to make it really good SAD — self-absorbed delusionals ps (10:26) can i send you a cover letter right quick?

Noreen Malone opens her New York magazine cover story about the current state of young people — "A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents" — with a GChat transcription.


"The Proxy Marriage"

Mr. Taylor began reading from a piece of paper. “We are gathered here today to join this couple, who have applied for and received a marriage license from the state, in holy matrimony. Do you, Bridey, take this man by proxy to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold by the laws of God and of this state?”

There was a silence. Then Bridey said, “Oh! Sorry. I do.”

Short fiction from Maile Meloy this week in The New Yorker. It's kind of the ultimate crushes-get-cast-as-leads-in-the-school-play-so-they-get-to-kiss story, only with more war, higher stakes and an enchanting main character who someone should've given up on much [...]