Are we having a surface-level reckoning?
At an art exhibit exploring black models through Western art, Morgan Jerkins finds historical evidence of the white supremacist definitions of beauty Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom identifies in ‘Thick: and Other Essays.’
As Joy Notoma grapples with uterine fibroids, harmful biases in the medical establishment, and a move from Brooklyn to West Africa she wonders where, as a black woman, she can find safety.
Michael Gonzales reflects on the deaths of a dear friend, and a bookworm he idolized: David Bowie.
Lauren DePino looks back at her ambitions as a singer, and re-evaluates the rejections she once allowed to define her.
In light of her own family’s experience during the Holocaust, Judith Hertog considers her ethical responsibilities in today’s world.
The original reporting, personal essays, columns, and collaborations that were our most-read stories of the year.
Carolita Johnson catalogues her efforts to maintain her appearance from about 1970 to 2018.
Jennifer Chong Schneider considers what it is to be Asian, maligned, and fetishized in dating — and questions her own desire when she dates someone of her own ethnicity for the first time.
Inside music journalism post-2008 recession, and how media consumption in the 21st century offers a road map for the continuation of the once-robust medium.
Marlene Adelstein finds herself transported back in time and consciousness via an inherited painting.
The psychology behind America’s obsession with Hallmark Christmas movies.
Yvonne Conza wrestles with the complexities of estrangement from her dying — complicated — dad.
As AAPI’s become a more powerful, Democrat-leaning voting bloc, efforts to keep them from the polls intensify.
Not planning for death is killing me.
Max Harris didn’t cause the warehouse fire in which 36 people died, yet he’s being held responsible for it.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar contemplates the powerful evolution of a woman’s beauty over time.
Katie Prout tries to untangle the story of her brother’s complicated, life-long battle with alcoholism against the backdrop of her family’s history of addiction.
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in crime reporting.
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in essays.
In third-century Syria, a widowed monarch dared to be wildly ambitious — and almost brought the Roman Empire to its knees.
Kimi Eisele contemplates coherence, the near extinction of the vaquita, and the expensive bycatch of being human.
Jen Gilman Porat seeks a genetic excuse for her husband’s barbaric table manners.
Listening to music with a Tokyo record store owner forges a deeper bond than any shared language.
I can’t help but wonder when the decade really ended.
After finding a note left by his grandfather, Aram Mrjoian considers how writing about the Armenian diaspora could help prevent history from being forgotten.
Jenny Bhatt recalls the rites of passage that led to her shift in identity from corporate executive to woman writer of color.
Miles Marshall Lewis remembers a love of Prince and Paris.
“But who gets to impose those rules and who becomes subject to them can be decisions tainted with sexism and racism and transphobia and homophobia. “
When Naz Riahi was 9, she escaped tragedy in Iran only to be confronted by a cruel new world in America. Food became her solace and her tool for assimilating.