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A Social-Media Experiment in Nonfiction

[clock] 2-MINUTE READ PUBLISHED: December 7, 2015

Posts from Lauren Markham's Instagram series, "Northbound." #VQRtruestory is our new social-media experiment in nonfiction, bringing readers compelling stories and images from around the world, all through our Instagram feed.

Each week, a new writer takes over our Instagram feed, @vqreview, posting original dispatches that tell the stories behind the pictures. The following week, the dispatches appear as an essay on our website. Each issue of VQR will also include a selection of the Instagram content.

Follow @vqreview to keep up with the project as it unfolds.

Project Archive

Week of June 6, 2016
Luke Padgett in Canada’s Kitimat Fjords.

Full essay: “On the Great Bear Sea”



Week of April 18, 2016
Gaiutra Bahadur in New York.
Full essay: “On Henry Locke’s Wine Dark Sea


Week of March 28, 2016
Holly Haworth in southwest Virginia.
Full essay: “Picturing the Pipeline”

Week of March 21, 2016

Jerry Redfern in Southeast Asia.
Full essay: “Resilience in East Timor”

eek of February 29, 2016
Danica Novgorodoff on five artists.
Full essay: “Problem Solving at the MacDowell Colony” 

Week of February 8, 2016
Randy R. Potts on LGBT life and Christian faith.
Full essay: “His Faithful Servant”

Week of January 25, 2016
Baynard Woods on polytheists in Greece.
Full essay: “In the Shadow of Olympus”

Week of January 18, 2016
Jeff Sharlet in Dublin.
Full essay: “Dubliners”

Week of January 11, 2016
Lili Loofbourow on San Francisco’s last gun shop.
Full essay: “The Last Days of High Bridge Arms”



Week of January 4, 2016
Rachel Cohen on encounters at the Fogg Museum.
Full essay: “Details From the Fogg Museum”


Week of December 28, 2015

Laura Kasinof on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho.
Full essay: “Hope for Sale” 

Week of December 21, 2015

Jamie Alliotts on encounters on the streets of Manhattan.
Full essay: “Sidewalks”


Week of December 14, 2015:
Julia Cooke in Mawlamyine, Burma.
Full essay: “Vestiges of the Socialist Time”


Week of December 7, 2015
Lauren Markham on Central American migrants.
Full essay: “Northbound”


Week of November 30, 2015
Meera Subramanian on a changing India.
Full essay: “Elemental India”


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