rural-america

‘Nomadland’ Shows Hollywood How to Make a Movie About ‘Real Americans’

Forget the patronizing ‘Hillbilly Elegy’: Frances McDormand and filmmaker Chloe Zhao tell a story about a widowed wanderer that skips the poverty-porn cliches

The Rise of the Rural Gay Haven

Like seemingly everyone else these days, many in the LGBTQ+ community are seeking refuge in the country. But achieving cottagecore nirvana there is every bit as complicated as you’d imagine.

A Wrenching Novel Resurrects the Story of AIDS in Rural America

For decades, queer narratives have overlooked those who returned to the heartland with the disease

I’m in Charge of Preparing My Small-Town Hospital for the Coronavirus Pandemic

We’re 100 miles outside of Chicago. We’re doing everything we can to ready ourselves for the slow, creeping assault of COVID-19

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