Women We Read This Week

Women We Read This Week

Lynsey Addario's ... [Continue Reading]

Illustration: Jenny Williams

Women We Read This Week

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Bookmarked: Sonya Huber’s Eight Midwestern Books

I have a bias toward Midwestern culture, partly because I’m from New Lenox, Illinois, a former farm town in the greater amorphous magical region called Chicagoland, but also because I spent so many significant formative years in the Midwest beyond growing up in Illinois, including college in Minnesota and seven years in Ohio. I think I celebrate this region endlessly ... [Continue Reading]

Accidents

Accidents

I break the surface and sink again. I kick upwards, furiously, but I do not move. I do not move. My mind is blank and calm. I picture our neighbor’s empty pool in winter, and how it fills with dead leaves. Someone grabs my upper arm. I am being dragged forwards, roughly. The grip on my arm hurts and my head is pushed to the surface. “Lucy?” It’s Ren. ... [Continue Reading]

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The Cloister and the Cradle

If you enjoy this story, please consider supporting Vela on Kickstarter! We thank you infinitely for your support. I have an image of the Child, our Lord, in a cradle. I was so powerfully compelled by my Lord with great sweetness, longing and desire and also by His request, because it was said to me by my Lord: “If you do not nurse me I will take myself away from you ... [Continue Reading]

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On Being Unalone

Photo by Massimo Margagnoni For twenty-five days I live in a northern house. I have the place to myself. I am out in a nowhere. The house is thirty kilometers from the nearest town; outside is a valley, and around the valley, long, narrow mountains. Beyond my window, down in the fields, is a herd of Icelandic ponies. I see their small shapes moving in the low and angled ... [Continue Reading]

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Fellowship and the Emerging Writer

Sitting in my half-packed office at Colgate, I gazed outside at the spring rain dampening the old stone buildings of that beautiful campus. In that way that gray skies do, the overcast made the new green of the trees and grass more intense and me more pensive. My yearlong fellowship was ending. It was time to move on. To say that this fellowship had been a gift—of time, ... [Continue Reading]

Women We Read This Week

Women We Read This Week

Raksha Kumar’s "Trying to tame the wild west of surrogacy in India" in Al Jazeera America I often wonder, “When are women’s bodies ever their own?” Economic forces have historically pushed impoverished women to sell their bodies as a mode of survival. This article by Raksha Kumar explores the legal but unregulated surrogacy market in India, looking at the ... [Continue Reading]

Illustration: Jenny Williams

Women We Read This Week

Amy Klein’s "Fertility Fog" on Aeon Early on in this piece, Klein recounts a conversation with her doctor. “I’d been in the woman’s office for about 10 minutes and it felt like she was being…well, kind of a bitch,” Klein writes. Conversations with doctors aren’t easy at the best of times: how to translate what we feel in our bodies into language that can ... [Continue Reading]

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Bookmarked: Sarah Stillman’s Six Reporters to Follow

In most parts of life, I’m a fiendish scribbler of lists (to-dos, to-reads, to-repents, etc.), but when it comes to this particular assignment – enumerating some of the “emerging women reporters” I’ve relished of late – I’ve hit a simple hurdle. It’s not that I’m at a loss for names; right now, the world is so alive with female foreign correspondents and ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Meaghan O’Connell's "A Birth Story" on Longreads So, Meaghan O'Connell's "A Birth Story" is a fascinating, horrifying, gripping read just for its bare revelations of the capacities of the human body. It's the kind of piece that has you physically wincing, grimacing, then recounting detail in awe to your significant other, and it's all that more memorable because it ... [Continue Reading]

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Women We Read This Week

Anna Merlan's "Ghost Child: The Strange, Misunderstood World of Delusional Pregnancy" on Jezebel For some reason I started reading this just before I went to sleep the other night. I was about halfway through when my husband crawled into bed and made the mistake of trying to talk to me. “I’m reading about ghost pregnancies,” I told him. His eyes got wide. “Are ... [Continue Reading]

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Bookmarked: Sheila Black’s Six Poets with Disabilities

When I was a kid with what is usually called “a visible disability,” braces on my legs, the only books people ever gave me about disability were biographies of Helen Keller (in which Keller always appeared to be some kind of saint) and a book called Karen by Maria Killea about her daughter who had cerebral palsy. Karen was always kind even though everyone was mean to ... [Continue Reading]