"'Tiny House Hunters' and the Shrinking American Dream"... and other essays (aka w
It's been too long since I've been able to dedicate my time and my brain to a book-length work, but I haven't let that stop me from devouring bite-sized bits of prose. Lately, I've been obsessed with the personal essay--it's a form I think I've always loved, but am just now fully letting my obsession reign free. I try to read a personal essay a day. It's hard but not hard, really, when you do all your reading online and are trying to procrastinate doing your own writing. Most recently, I read this piece from Roxanne Gay where she says what we've all been thinking about the weird tiny house craze; and "Laughing Until We Cry: Conversations About Getting Flashed, Grabbed, and Groped" from Liz Meriweather where she talks about the subtle and not-so-subtle violence women face (and how we talk about it); and I read this other piece, too: "Single, Unemployed and Suddenly Myself," a Modern Love essay from Marisa Lascher that hit way too close to home and made me confront all the ways I don't know how to be emotionally vulnerable. Those are just some of the essays that really stuck to me. Maybe they will stick to you too. If you want to read other personal essays, you should check out Catapult or Longreads or Big Truths! They put out some of the best writing in the business, I think.