Everything I’ve Learned About Reader Funding and Paid Memberships
“There’s no right or wrong way to be autistic.”
Longreads Best of 2016
My favorite time of year! So many great stories, and more lists coming this week and next week. Huge thanks to Sari Botton and Mike Dang for putting this together.
‘For eight years Barack Obama walked on ice and never fell.’
Obama was born into a country where laws barring his very conception—let alone his ascendancy to the presidency—had long stood in force. A black president would always be a contradiction for a government that, throughout most of its history, had oppressed black people. The attempt to resolve this contradiction through Obama—a black man with deep…
‘With Child’: Kiera Feldman on a Pregnancy in South Dakota
Ashley arrived for her prenatal appointment at Black Hills Obstetrics and Gynecology, in Rapid City, South Dakota, wearing a black zip-up hoodie and Converse sneakers.1 To explain her absence from work that morning — a Tuesday in April 2015 — she had told a co-worker that she was having “female issues.” She was twenty-five years old and eight…
Yelp for Journalists
Scott Carney is a freelance magazine writer who has launched a site called WordRates, which aims to be a “Yelp for Journalists”—helping freelance writers share information about editors and publishers who accept unsolicited story pitches, who pay actual money for writing, and who respond to emails in a timely manner. It’s like an updated version…
Things I’m Working On: Being a Better Editor
Millions of people wish they could be a great writer, but I suspect fewer dream of becoming a great editor. It’s always the writer. I recently met Chris Vogel, the articles editor for Boston Magazine, and he compared being an editor to parenting, because it’s about “selfless love.” “Editors are in the people game as…
Look at this Beautiful Theme!
Thought I’d try a brand new theme introduced today at WordPress.com. Resonar and Scrawl look perfect for the longform writers and publishers in the audience.