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The Captain Bids Adieu: Jeter's Great Good-Bye

The thing to remember about Derek Jeter’s final home game — the context we’ll have to fight hard to maintain as years of watching the triumphant replay of his game-winning hit gradually whitewash the season that preceded the single — is how unlikely it was to end well. 2,308 more words


So Long, Mr. Jeter

I hate the New York Yankees with a passion usually reserved for Crusades. Three times in the glory days that were the 1990s, the hated Bronx Bombers dashed the World Series hopes of my beloved Atlanta Braves. 893 more words


Wasting Our Time

A post written a couple of months ago for my column in Sweden, in the Goteborgs-Posten.

In spite of The Poet and me being pretty old, we’re still young enough to remember from our childhood being told off for watching too much television and not, like the parents, making our own entertainment. 1,220 more words


The Pioneering Women of Early Computing

Ever since the days of Charles Babbage, who conceived of a giant mechanical calculator called the Analytical Engine in the 1830s, the engineering of computer hardware has been dominated by men. 3,425 more words


Caitlin Moran on the Working Class, Masturbation, and Writing a Novel

Jessica Gross | Longreads | Sept. 25, 2014 | 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Caitlin Moran has worked as a journalist, critic, and essayist in the U.K. 3,273 more words


15 Years Late, I've Joined the Neil Gaiman Fan Club

For even for the most casual observer of book publishing today, Neil Gaiman is something of a household name. He’s an author that seems almost serendipitously ubiquitous–one morning there’s  972 more words


Risking Their Lives to Hunt for Wild Honey

Michael Snyder | Lucky Peach | Summer 2014 | 20 minutes (4,960 words)

Lucky PeachOur latest Longreads Exclusive comes from Michael Snyder and Lucky Peach… 5,230 more words


Mr. Nibbles Died Without a Name

As happens sometimes, I sat down at my desk this morning and couldn’t come up with anything to write about. I skimmed my reserve list of ideas, then skimmed it again. 934 more words


Drawing with a Camera Lucida

Back before the days of photography, society relied on the ‘artist’s impression’ to see people they would never meet or places they would never go. Artists used drawing aids such as mirrors, prisms, lenses, and camera obscuras (Latin for… 1,276 more words


Skinny Is Not a Compliment

I had an interesting exchange with my godsister yesterday.  I sent her a photo of an outfit I was wearing and she commented that she loved the outfit and that I was looking skinny.   659 more words

Social Justice

When Words Fail: Women, Science, and Women-in-Science

I don’t want to write about women in science today. I want to write about glaciers, or passenger pigeons, or the way the tilt of the earth is making the squirrels outside my window stash acorns, or about how sharks have been on this planet longer than trees, or why sometimes, the public doesn’t trust scientists. 1,135 more words


Pompeii Under Siege

Almost two thousand years ago Pompeii, a bustling port of 20,000, fell silent to the power of Mount Vesuvius. Having been badly damaged in an earthquake 17 years prior, 30 feet of hot volcanic ash would silence the then unfortunate souls of Pompeii once and for all. 411 more words


If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. 1,158 more words


From 5775 to 2014: An Apple Horn for the Ages

Greetings! We’re one day away from the year 5775!* If you’re reading this from the year 2014, my goodness, life has changed.

First off, I know you think standing in a gold and lapis encrusted chariot is impressive, but I’ve got a chariot made from metals you’ve never even mined and pulled by invisible horses. 883 more words

Rosh Hashanah

Lessons of "Lost" — 10 Years Later

Lost premiered 10 years ago this week. It ended four and a half years ago. And I still miss it like crazy.

This doesn’t seem to be a popular opinion these days, as backlash to the underwhelming series finale seems to have overtaken the memory of everything that came before. 3,825 more words


One Sentence, Two Prisoners

I’ve been watching Orange is the New Black. I finally caved.

I’m not finding it as enjoyable as I was expecting after all the hoopla I’ve heard from other people, but it’s not bad. 1,028 more words


Yes, I Have an Only Child and It’s Fine, Really

I never had a strategy to have an only child. I am the oldest of three married to a third-born of four. We have an only. 864 more words


10 Things That Change Once You've Lived Overseas

The rewarding experiences one gains from living life overseas can sometimes be crowded out by the inevitable struggles that come with the full, expat-life package. But it’s through those struggles and challenges that you discover more about yourself and the world around you. 1,610 more words

Expat Life

The Rise of Hands-On Journalism

Digital journalism has made possible some incredible storytelling in recent years. Visually stunning reports on issues as diverse as gun violence, environmental disasters, and surveillance have brought stories to life on the screen. 1,062 more words


Documenting an Apricot Harvest

I had the opportunity to work with LEHO a non-profit based in Leh documenting the Apricot Harvest and the building of various structures for drying apricots in the summer and growing vegetables in the winter. 16 more words


Carson Street Slideshow, 1994

We are in Michael’s boyfriend’s apartment, getting into Michael’s boyfriend’s bag. Michael is gay before anyone else in Pittsburgh. He wears scarves and earrings with hoops and looks beautiful but doesn’t act like a priss. 744 more words


RMS Queen Mary Celebrates 80 Years

80 years ago today ship number 534, the Cunard White Star Liner built on the river Clyde by John Brown’s shipyard, was launched and given the name… 853 more words


Thoughts From a White Female in a Black Sorority

Somebody recently told me that this picture, originally part of the #ITooAmWakeForest campaign (which you can find here:, was incorporated into an article somebody published on the website Total Sorority Move. 748 more words



Several months ago I wrote, “Stopping the Violence,” a blog post about a verbally abusive relationship I was in. He and I were together for nine months—longer, if you count the times we got back together. 1,289 more words

Domestic Violence


My #bannedbooksweek story takes place in Elementary School, 4th grade, when I learned that people ban books and a partial reason why.

I was that kid in school that asked the teacher to spend time in the library whenever the chance arose. 1,343 more words

Banned Books Week

How Real are Hot Streaks in Golf?

Whenever a golfer goes on a high profile hot streak – think Rickie Fowler since June, Billy Horschel for the FedEx Playoffs, Henrik Stenson at the end of last year – there’s always a ton of talk in the media and among fans about how their new swing/putting stroke finally clicked, or that player is returning to form, or they’re finally mature enough to win, etc. 930 more words


Publishing Is Rotten To The Core

There is something seriously askew with the supposed values of the publishing business.

The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets. 1,137 more words