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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Sabine Heinlein, Leslie Jamison, Ijeoma Oluo, Eric Newcomer with Brad Stone, and Jill Lepore.

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"The Accusation: Dissident Fiction from North Korea" at NYPL

Earlier this week, I interviewed South Korean human rights activist Do Hee-yun– the person said to be responsible for helping the manuscript of “The Accusation” escape North Korea– at the New York Public Library.  105 more words


Ode to Control

Letting go

In a time like this

Wood burning mess

When the times are hard

An ode to control

Is called

Norms of ideals

Exist no longer… 41 more words



Some days

The hardest part

Is just showing up

Rolling out of bed

And starting

Forging ahead

When the eyes want to fall back

To sleep… 15 more words


Wallace Shawn’s Late Night

Troy Jollimore | Zyzzyva | Winter 2017 | 30 minutes (8,142 words)

More than a decade ago, in the aftermath of the release of the Abu Ghraib photographs, the playwright and actor Wallace Shawn wrote: 8,478 more words


Tired and No Eraser

No eraser needed

No backspace allowed

Forward progression

Is all that will be permitted

No accident acquited

While in the chair I sit

Working words into phrases… 8 more words