Editors’ Picks

Picks

Fuck You, Death: Thoughts on Finishing My Friend’s Last Book

In a brief and beautiful essay, Anders Nilsen remembers his friend, the late cartoonist and musician Geneviève Castrée, and describes the difficult process of helping finish her final work.

See No Evil

We’ve built supply chains that help us get the things we want fast and cheap, while also obscuring unpleasant truths about how that happens.

An Introduction to Death

In this essay from our Fine Lines series, raising a teenager of her own offers author A.M. Homes a glimpse into her mother’s experience of raising her.

In a Town of 11 People, Mysterious Disappearance Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor

Fed to a crocodile? Baked into a meat pie? Everyone in Larrimah has a theory about what happened to Paddy Moriarty.

Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind
In an excerpt from his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari argues that we must teach our children how to develop the mental and emotional flexibility to cope with the profound uncertainty to come.
Broken Time

Steve Silberman’s deep-dive into Bill Evans, one of the most enigmatic figures in jazz, is a fantastic read that examines the intersection of what happens when virtuosic talent inexplicably falls short. Silberman also probes his own obsession with ‘Nardis,’ a complex arrangement which Miles Davis, who employed Evans as a member of his sextet, said the pianist could play “the way it was meant to be played.”

What It’s Like to Wallow in Your Own Facebook Data

Anna Wiener explores what 13 years of the data she’s given Facebook can give back to her.

Nicole Holofcener’s Human Comedies

A profile of filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, whose movies — from her 1996 debut, “Walking and Talking,” to the as yet to be released “Land of Steady Habits” — are informed to varying degrees by her own experiences.

Dinosaurs: The Making of TV’s Saddest, Strangest Sitcom Finale

In 1994, a group of talking dinosaurs warned humanity about the end of our world.

War Without End

“The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another.”

In Conversation: Kathleen Turner

“I never really studied acting… In fact, the master classes I do, my course is called Practical Acting. You shut up and do it.”

Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business of Dog Cloning

“Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics.”

Death to the Open Floor Plan

Maybe having rooms with doors that close and the attendant modicum of privacy wasn’t so bad after all.

Welcome to Hotel Millennial

Enjoy the bunk beds and the single bespoke clothes hanger.

The 17-Year Itch

In this personal essay, Laura Jean Baker finds that being a feminist married to a progressive man isn’t a fail-safe against sexism occasionally intruding in their marriage.

The Killer Who Spared My Mother

In an attempt to understand her own chronic pain, Diana Whitney uncovers a violent trauma from her mother’s past.

M.I.A. and the Defense of Nuance

Fariha Róisín considers the limits of cancel culture.

 

Anika Noni Rose Was Waiting for This Moment

Theatre critic Jose Solís profiles Anika Noni Rose, the actress and singer playing the title role in the musical “Carmen Jones” at New York’s Classic Stage Company.

This Black Woman Was Once the Biggest Star in Jazz. Here’s Why You’ve Never Heard of Her.

Jazz pianist Hazel Scott was the first black woman to host a variety show on US television, but after being accused of “communist sympathies” in 1950, her career faltered.

The World’s Most Peculiar Company

How does Hammacher Schlemmer, which publishes the longest-running mail-order catalog in American history, survive in the age of Amazon?