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5 Long Reads For Your Long Weekend!

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Hi again.

The Establishment is taking some time off (!!!) around this long weekend, which like so many long weekends, is predicated on something sad and problematic, i.e. the veterans who have died serving our country.

Surely there are few things less fraught on this entire tiny blue planet than wars and the people who comprise them . . .

and who are then are subsequently shattered (literally and metaphysically) on the altar of a nation’s Freedom.

For me, this weekend will be about life’s glorious, fuck-you tenacity; like flowers in a sidewalk crack, we humans continue to breathe — in and out, in and out, in and out — despite forces (like our own selves) which are hostile to our joy and threaten to destroy us.

I hope you all find some solace this weekend; and for those who’ve lost someone in the American armed forces, I hope you tell many tales of their lives and fill that void with the conjured love of your memories.

(Or curse the Men who sent them to their deaths. Rage works too.)

However you spend these days, we thought we’d offer up a not-comprehensive, but decidedly wonderful round-up of some of our favorite long stories for your maybe-long weekend.

With love + rage,
Katie Tandy
Co-founder | Creative Director

Of Kin And Kidney Transplants: Living As My Sister’s Keeper

By Christine Wright

It took nearly a year of weekly sessions with a PTSD-specialized psychologist to accept that, despite the transplant industry’s vocabulary of the “recipient-donor pair,” I was a separate individual who deserved the same protection and respect as my sister. The surgery, this tragedy, didn’t just happen to her, it happened to me too.

Inside Shepherd’s Hill, The Christian Academy With A Sordid History Of Alleged Abuse

By Aaron Kappel

The founder of Shepherd’s Hill believes the demonic forces operating within contemporary video games and pop music, and in the media at large, are the root cause of many of the mental and behavioral health issues affecting today’s teenagers. Students at the academy are intentionally isolated from society and undergo a mandatory media and technology fast.

Staff members oversee children with behavioral and mental health problems deemed severe enough to warrant year-round residential treatment with 24/7 supervision, but of the 21 members on the residential teams, according to their bios on the SHA website, fewer than one-quarter of them have completed educational programs related to mental or behavioral health.

More troubling than this lack of qualification, though, is SHA’s record of abusing its students.

For Anyone Charged With Being ‘Overly-Emotional’, ‘The ‘Iliad’ Is Your Poem

By Mikaella Clements

When I was 20 and studying the Iliad, I had grown out of a lot of my high school queer kid loneliness, but not so much that I couldn’t recognize a fellow outsider.

Far from the brute force my colleague and others have imagined, for me Achilles has always been about being both other (for my part: queer and female, for his: weird and half-divine) and sure that you’re angrier, smarter, cooler than all the people who are judging you — or afraid of you.

The Strange Maybe-Scam Saga Of The Looncup Menstrual Tracker

By Tessa J. Brown

The product was glowingly profiled in a range of high-profile publications, including Fortune, The Telegraph, Jezebel (where I first read about it), Slate, the Huffington Post UK, The Independent, and, yes, The Establishment.

As a user of menstrual cups, a fan of sci-fi, and a person endlessly fascinated by the things that come out of my own body, I was immediately interested. How could I get my hands on one of these things?

When I first searched for the company and the project, most of the articles I came across were positive, touting the Looncup as the “future of menstrual products.” I could hardly have predicted that, months later, the third Google autofill for “Looncup” would be “Looncup Hoax.”

The Economics Of Love And Sex

By Denece Mohammed

Continual consumption will at some point result in negative incremental satisfaction. The most typical example used to demonstrate this law is the concept of an all-you-can-eat buffet, wherein the more plates you eat, the less satisfied you become by the meal, until you eventually make yourself sick.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of marginal utility lately in regards to sex. And love.

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