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#VQRTrueStory

A Social-Media Experiment in Nonfiction


PUBLISHED: December 7, 2015

#VQRTrueStory is a social-media experiment in nonfiction that delivers stories across platforms—from Instagram to the website to the magazine. Each week, a contributor takes over our Instagram feed, @vqreview, to post original dispatches that tell the stories behind the pictures. The dispatches are then published on our website as a complete essay. With each issue of VQR, we select a handful of dispatches from various contributors to include in the magazine’s #VQRTrueStory column. You can visit the #VQRTrueStory archive to read all the contributions so far. And be sure to follow @vqreview to keep up with the project as it unfolds.


Project Archive

The Other Chile (Cecilia and Patricia)
Angie Cruz in Santiago, Chile





Dreams of My Mother
Anna March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photographs by Cèdric Von Niederhäusern




Life Is Why
Rianna Pauline Starheim in Alexandria, Virginia





Take ‘Em Down
James McWilliams in New Orleans, Louisiana
Photographs by Julie Dermansky




Neon Havana
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro in Havana, Cuba
Photographs by Mirissa Neff




Dropping In
Bret Anthony Johnston in Desert Hot Springs, CA
Photographs by Bill Driver




Subway Rorschach
Neil Shea in Brooklyn, NY





No Republican Shall Inherit
Randy R. Potts in Tulsa, Oklahoma





Rainbow Weather in Kabul
Rianna Pauline Starheim in Kabul, Afghanistan





Starting Over
Ruxandra Guidi in Los Angeles
Photographs by Bear Guerra




Faith and Its Limits
Ann Neumann in Lancaster County, PA
Photographs by James Sprankle




We All Travel the Milky Way Together
Michael O. Snyder in California





Farhad
Laura Kasinof in Germany
Photographs by Alex Potter




The Air Keeps It Interesting
Ryan Bradley in Los Angeles





Stony Island Story Problem
Lauren Berlant in Chicago
Art by Stephanie Brooks




To Write About A Hole
Jennifer Kabat in New York City





Saint Coltrane
Anisse Gross in San Francisco





An Audience with Wirathu
Sarah Khatry in Myanmar





In the Powder River Basin
Tom Haines in Wyoming





The Truths of Antarctica
Maggie Shipstead in Antarctica





On the Great Bear Sea
Luke Padgett in Canada’s Kitimat Fjords





On Henry Locke’s Wine Dark Sea
Gaiutra Bahadur in New York





Picturing the Pipeline
Holly Haworth in southwest Virginia





Resilience in East Timor
Jerry Redfern in Southeast Asia





Problem Solving at the MacDowell Colony
Danica Novgorodoff on five artists





His Faithful Servant
Randy R. Potts on LGBT life and Christian faith





In the Shadow of Olympus
Baynard Woods on polytheists in Greece





Dubliners
Jeff Sharlet in Dublin





The Last Days of High Bridge Arms
Lili Loofbourow on San Francisco’s last gun shop





Details From the Fogg Museum
Rachel Cohen on encounters at the Fogg Museum





Hope for Sale
Laura Kasinof on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho





Sidewalks
Jamie Alliotts on encounters on the streets of Manhattan





Vestiges of the Socialist Time
Julia Cooke in Mawlamyine, Burma





Northbound
Lauren Markham on Central American migrants





Elemental India
Meera Subramanian on a changing India

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