Current Issue / Issue 77 Spring 2022
In this issue, we consider the challenges of living through collective (and too often unacknowledged) grief. How do we keep going in a time of tremendous sorrow? How do we put our experiences to good use? And how do we make room for joy and hope and laughter?
Featuring new essays about empathy training for medical students, the smell of fear in wartime, the explosive force of steam, the language of dishonesty, the tenacity of the house moth, and the necessary folly of renovating a home in fire season. Plus, advice and inspiration on staying motivated, writing about trauma, and finding creativity during a pandemic.
INCLUDING ESSAYS BYExplore Issue 77
50 Years of Making Nonfiction CreativeHow all the different flavors of nonfiction transformed into a literary art
Punching UpFunny women are bringing serious subjects to the stage and revolutionizing comedy—and creative nonfiction—in the process
RenovationsThe necessary folly of rebuilding a home in a world on fire
Misery & CompanyCelebrity funerals, social media condolences, roadside memorials, and more: tracing the history of how we experience loss—and how we share it.
True Story Magazine
#35 Not Your Ordinary Experience of DesireA poignant postmortem of a four-year relationship, told in alternating voices, becomes a catalog of unmet needs and wants … and a path to a hopeful future.
#34 Plume: An InvestigationIn True Story #34, “Plume,” a former environmental investigator applies her forensic skills to a family mystery. What happens to us when we are exposed to toxicity, both literally and figuratively?
#33 My MonumentSurrounded by his neighbors’ maximalist holiday displays—104 inflatable Christmas decorations in all, with not a repetition among them—Ander Monson ponders the history of spectacle and considers the meaning of community. Then, he orders a two-story-tall Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to stand among the desert plants of his Tucson front yard.
Gun BubblesThe unlikely connections between baby bumps and bullets
ResurrectionWhen one of their chickens starts exhibiting strange symptoms, a family does everything it can to keep from having to suffer through yet another death
No One’s a VirginA volunteer escort collects stories outside an Alabama abortion clinic
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