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My Body Is Yours: In conversation with Michael V. Smith

What does it mean to be a man? How does the experience of intimacy between men–the terror and rawness of emotional and physical vulnerability, and the possibility of shared tenderness–figure into our understandings of masculinity at this particular moment in time? 2,393 more words


Teatime in Turkey

“The streets of Istanbul were so alive- I don’t remember seeing a city that was so alive. Even New York City cannot compare. True, it is the city that never sleeps. 657 more words


The Pre-Memoir Memoir

They say you always remember your first time. I have the distinct first memory of floating in my mother’s womb, kicking and waiting to be born. 1,345 more words


Forgive... and Forget If You Can

Traveling with my mother across Wyoming toward Salt Lake City, I droned on and on about a recent embarrassment, dissecting every disastrous detail, even though the poor woman was present when I humiliated myself. 503 more words

Aging Well

The Perils of Writing About Your Own Family: A Conversation with George Hodgman

Sari Botton | Longreads | April 2015 | 15 minutes (3,752 words)


Sometimes life’s most inconvenient surprise detours ultimately yield great rewards we never could have predicted. 3,714 more words


Review | We Won’t See Auschwitz by Jérémie Dres


My expectations going into this book were pretty much nonexistent. In a rare moment of spontaneity, I picked it up at the library and began reading with the assumption that it is a memoir which follows the author’s grandmother. 363 more words

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