The Longread

We’ve heard the stories coming out of Texas and Florida but don’t forget the islands. Here’s a first-person account from Emmalexis Velasquez, living on the Dutch side of St. Martin. The entire island of Barbuda has been evacuated as well, around 1,800 people gone.

We have to do more to erase the stigma of having an abortion, even more so for women who have had multiples. “Access to care should be prioritized,” the study authors note. I am currently reading Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West and I am loving it. You may remember her from #ShoutYourAbortion.

The Ringer talks with Jemele Hill about the ESPN controversy involving her and Donald Trump. If you haven’t been following the story, Jemele Hill called DJT a white supremacist as well as ignorant and offensive. She’s not lying. It warmed my heart when I read that ESPN wanted to pull her off the show and her co-worker refused to go on without her.

The opioid crisis hasn’t been receiving much coverage but here’s two articles that do: The Guardian and The Enquirer.

Earlier this week, I started reading What Happened by Hillary Clinton. I’ve always been a Hillary fan and I pre-ordered the book as soon as it was announced. I began reading it as soon as I got it, and barely made it a few chapters without starting to cry, thinking about what could have been. I love reading that Former President Clinton organizes and re-organizes bookshelves, that his rating system goes up to three stars. I love knowing that she loves Pepperidge Goldfish crackers, right down to the calorie count. I don’t understand the hatred toward her but here are two articles that tackle it: The Guardian and The Cut. Reading that she hired a linguistic expert to help her keep her composure at rallies made me sad.