a2a long reads | 10.1.17
Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course). This week’s long reads are courtesy of The Verge, Highline, Guernica Magazine, Rolling Stone and The Deep Magazine.
As the most common kind of brain injury, the severity of a concussion can often be grossly underestimated. As a writer and editor, Elizabeth Lopatto had written at length about concussions, in particular as the controversial diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) began gaining traction. But no amount of reporting could have prepared her for the reality of living with a concussion. As she would soon learn, she would need to personally experience this brain injury in order to fully appreciate its magnitude.
As the chair of Temple University Hospital’s Department of Surgery, Dr. Amy Goldberg has seen firsthand the devastation that a single bullet can do to a body. As she explains, it’s often not the bullet itself that’s the problem, but the carnage it leaves behind as it tears through muscles, organs, tissues and bones. When a gunshot victim is rushed to her hospital, she knows that every second is crucial. But as a trauma surgeon with 30 years’ experience, Goldberg has seen more than her fair share of senseless pain, suffering and death. Now, she aims to go “above and beyond” just being a surgeon, reaching those in the community in the hopes they might never become patients.
What’s it like to live at a homeless shelter when you’re not homeless? Writer and author John Cotter found out firsthand as he spent one month as a writer-in-residence at Fort Lyon, teaching a creative writing class. As he quickly learned, homelessness isn’t reserved for the select few– it can happen to anyone at any time.
It’s estimated that some 70,000 transgender youth across the U.S. are without secure housing. To make ends meet, many of them turn to the streets and the harsh lifestyle that comes with it. Sex is often sold for survival, while substance abuse, harassment and imprisonment are the unintended but commonly inflicted consequences. In spite of their circumstances, these men and women are in pursuit of a better life. This is a no-filter look into life on the street for some of America’s most vulnerable.
While the populations of Canada’s metropolitan cities continue to steadily grow, that of St. John’s has been slowly shrinking. With the arrival of more than 600 Syrian refugees in the last year however, new life has been breathed into this city. But with extensive language barriers and differing cultural norms, resettlement hasn’t always been easy. Thankfully, there’s a strong sense of community. These refugees needed a place like St. John’s, but who could have known how much this Atlantic city would also need them.
These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.