5 Must-Read Personal Essays and Long-Form Features to Relax With Today

Whether you’re poolside with your iPad or sitting indoors surfing the web from you bed, today is the perfect time to kick back and do a little just-because reading. I wanted to pull together a collection of my favorite personal essays and long-form features for you guys to indulge in before professors start doling out the 100+ page reading assignments.

Take this last opportunity to relax and read what you want to read. Happy end of summer, guys!

“You Should Date an Illiterate Girl” by Charles Warnke: Before ThoughtCatalog ditched the thought provoking essays in favor of click-friendly Reddit round-up lists, they had a talented stable of writers and truly smart content. This is one of the first viral posts they ever had, and in turn it sparked a brilliant response piece…

“You Should Date a Girl Who Reads” by Rosmarie Urquico: You’ve probably seen quotes from Rosmarie’s great post floating around Tumblr, but take a minute to read the whole thing.

“Out in the Great Alone” by Brian Phillips: I love finding well-written, in-dept articles on really obscure topics, and just getting lost in them. In this one from Grantland, Brian Phillips treks up to Alaska to document the path of the legendary Iditarod Trail Dog Sled race from the cockpit of a Piper Super Cub. Oh, and he’s just a humble blogger who’s never flown a plane before.

“A Few Words About Breasts” by Nora Ephron: For any girl who ever went to middle school and became displeased with her chest situation.

“Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown” by Susan Elizabeth Shephard: If you’ve never wondered about the business of stripping, then what’s wrong with you? It’s a wildly fascinating industry, especially when considered through the scope of South Dakota boomtowns.

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