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Personal Essays

How I Proposed to My Girlfriend

How I Proposed to My Girlfriend

By Kathryn Schulz

When Williamsburg Was on the Wrong Side of the River

When Williamsburg Was on the Wrong Side of the River

By Jami Attenberg

Mayfield, Before and After

Mayfield, Before and After

By Bobbie Ann Mason

Sunday Reading: Personal Reflections

Sunday Reading: Personal Reflections

By Erin Overbey

My Failed Attempts to Hoard Anything at All

My Failed Attempts to Hoard Anything at All

By David Sedaris

Stalking a Rustically Hip Family on Instagram

Stalking a Rustically Hip Family on Instagram

By Emily Flake

A Dark Ride

A Dark Ride

By James Marcus

Julius: The Story of a Premature Birth

Julius: The Story of a Premature Birth

By Jon Michaud

The Nick Cave Song That Changed My Life

The Nick Cave Song That Changed My Life

Nearby and Familiar: A Strategy for Picking Restaurants

Nearby and Familiar: A Strategy for Picking Restaurants

By Calvin Trillin

Two Sister-Poets Gone Too Soon: Ntozake Shange and My Sister

Two Sister-Poets Gone Too Soon: Ntozake Shange and My Sister

By Hilton Als

The Sordid Necessity of Living for Others

The Sordid Necessity of Living for Others

By Justin Torres

Memories of V. S. Naipaul

Memories of V. S. Naipaul

By Paul Theroux

I’ve Quit Writing Personal Essays About Quitting Things: A Personal Essay

I’ve Quit Writing Personal Essays About Quitting Things: A Personal Essay

By Jake Tuck

My Father and Sandy Koufax

My Father and Sandy Koufax

By David Sipress

The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over

The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over

By Jia Tolentino

One Child’s Life

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  1. Personal Essays

    Sunday Reading: Personal Reflections. From the magazine’s archive: a selection of memorable personal essays and explorations. By Erin Overbey. December 19, 2021. Culture Desk.