“All my life, my exiled parents had told me about the tragedy of Palestine. Then, when I was in my early 20s, my family moved back – and I saw it with my own eyes.”
Which Way to Westeros?
With a plethora of fantasy appearing on streaming services, we take a look back at Adrian Daub’s essay on world-building maps.
Divine Comedy: The Standup Double Act Who Turned to The Priesthood
“Josh and Jack used to interrogate life via absurdist jokes and sketches. But the questions they had just kept getting bigger – and led them both to embark upon a profound transformation.”
14 Hours in The Queue to See Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin
“Stood among strangers in search of history, I had a strange epiphany.”
Stone Skipping Is a Lost Art. Kurt Steiner Wants the World to Find It.
Step — or skip — into the world of a fascinating character, charmingly portrayed in this piece for Outside. Kurt Steiner is the world’s greatest stone skipper, and it has cost him a lot to get there. Sean Williams tells his story with genuine affection and respect. Skipping has brought Steiner respite from a life […]
A Mother’s Charge
“In cowboy country, a single mother tries to raise her boy to be a good man.”
How Drew Barrymore Became a Bizarro Fixture of Daytime TV
A sympathetic look at Drew Barrymore’s chaotic world; Rachel Syme’s essay comes with the honesty characteristic of Barrymore herself. The show’s open sentimentality—and copious shed tears—are offset by its crackle of unplanned clumsiness. Bouncing off the walls one moment and breaking down the next, Barrymore seems to be barely holding on as sentiment threatens to […]
They Call Her Lamb Mom
A gentle essay, that still manages to be gut-wrenching. AC Shilton tells this story of two sickly lambs with compassion and beauty. For a single day, though, I showed a disabled lamb the freedom of movement, one of the greatest joys of my former life as an endurance athlete. More importantly, in Sebastian’s last hours, […]
My 4 Days in Fake Gay-Conversion Therapy
A look at just how extreme role-playing in Scandinavia can be. You’ll be baffled, yet endlessly fascinated, by Jason Anthony’s account of his personal experience dabbling in the world of the Nordic Larp. I flew to Denmark and made my way to a retreat center deep in the woods. For four days, I would go […]
The Trait That ‘Super Friends’ Have in Common
For some people, friendships are just easier, argues Marisa G. Franco in this enlightening essay. You are guided by your attachment style, for better or worse, in your romantic, and platonic, connections. The secret: Assume that people like you. The psychologist Fred H. Goldner coined the term pronoia to describe the optimistic counterpart to paranoia. […]