The Plus Side

The New Yorker's Lizzie Widdicombe on the rapidly evolving full-figured fashion industry, and its place in the fashion world at large.

Source: New Yorker
Published: Sept. 22, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6914 words)
Trail of Medical Missteps in a Peace Corps Death

The tragic death of Nick Castle, a young volunteer in China, has raised serious questions about Peace Corps medical care.

Published: July 25, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3710 words)
Lifetime Achievement

The writer and her unfaithful boyfriend attend an Australian UFO conference in search of the perfect documentary subject.

Source: Meanjin
Published: July 22, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3673 words)
While Writing for 'Orange Is the New Black,' I Realized I Am Gay

Lauren Morelli was a newlywed who had just landed her dream job when she started as a writer on 'Orange Is the New Black.' As Piper and Alex's relationship played out on screen, Morelli found herself struggling with her own sexual identity, eventually realizing that she was gay. Here, she writes about the struggles and freedom of coming out at 31.

Published: May 21, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1757 words)
Whoever Saves a Life
Aikins follows an urban rescue team in Syria: "The members of Civil Defense were attendants to the city’s trauma, one of the few first responders left to care for the civilians caught on the front lines in Syria’s largest city. They evacuated the injured, cleaned up the bodies, and fought fires. But what they were best known for — what they had become famous for in Syria and abroad — were the dramatic rescues, the lives they pulled from under the rubble."
Source: Matter
Published: Sept. 15, 2014
Length: 37 minutes (9338 words)
NFL’s Elaborate Security Network Is Supposed To Protect League From Trouble

A look into the "intricate and largely secretive three-layered security force" that operates behind the scenes at the National Football League.

Published: Sept. 13, 2014
Length: 8 minutes (2248 words)
Is It a Crime to Raise a Killer?

A tragedy in New Jersey raises questions about where parental responsibility ends when a child becomes a murderer.

Author: Lisa Belkin
Source: Yahoo News
Published: Sept. 12, 2014
Length: 23 minutes (5964 words)
Reboot or Die Trying
David Roberts, a staff writer at Grist, shares what he learned after a year of digital detox and spending more time outdoors.
Source: Outside
Published: Sept. 2, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4782 words)
The Surreal Fine-Art Spectacle in Laguna Beach
A visit to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Calif., an annual spectacle where performers reenact classic works of art.
Author: Sam Anderson
Published: Sept. 12, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5227 words)
Everything to Live For

Sean Bryant was a star student, charming, and fun to be around. Then one night he killed himself.

Published: June 1, 1998
Length: 35 minutes (8995 words)
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