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Question Time: My Life as a Quiz Obsessive

From India and Ireland to the U.S., quiz tournaments are enduringly popular even — if not especially — as information has become more accessible than ever.

Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

“As the heavens opened up and rain poured down, the Purple One ran through a handful of covers and some of his own songs, delivering an iconic set on the biggest stage possible and only expanding his legend.”

Frequently Asked Questions About Your Craniotomy

A lifetime of exploring and repairing the human brain doesn’t bring the neurosurgeon in this darkly funny, compelling short story any closer to understanding the human mind.

Keeping the Country

Florida’s Myakka River Valley isn’t the Florida you expect. It’s a nearly lost world of cowboys and cattle, where ranch land has preserved a unique combination of mystery and myth. For now.

Heard but Not Seen

“Now that hip-hop is no longer seen as a threat, the way it was when I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, it’s become the default ambiance in the kinds of high-end spaces that include few Black people.”

Behind the Scenes at Rotten Tomatoes

Despite certain criticisms people lobby against the film and TV rating website, one thing Rotten Tomatoes does well is help you get away from its website and get you in front of a good movie as quickly as possible.

Open House

As his neighbors pass from health problems and old age, relinquishing formerly rent-controlled apartments to monied young people, writer Jeremiah Moss remembers and mourns the simple intimacies that passed among the colorful tenants of his East Village apartment building.

In My Father’s Final Year, He Was Not My Father

“He’s lied to me and taken my money. It is the quietest moment in our relationship, a shame I know he’ll never come back from. I send him a photo of me standing in a foot of snow. He texts back a fiery sunset. I tell myself this is the only way he can keep talking to me, the only way he can bear me.”

Inside the Spectacular Implosion at the Romance Writers of America

As the book publishing industry changed, the roles that the Romance Writers of America played becama less clear, and the organization’s troubled relationship with inclusion and intersectionality became increasingly problematic.

The New Generation of Self-Created Utopias

“As so-called intentional communities proliferate across the country, a subset of Americans is discovering the value of opting out of contemporary society.”

At Mrs. Balbir’s

Jillian Dunham traveled thousands of miles from home to get away from her grief. It found her anyway, in a stranger’s Bangkok apartment.

How ‘West Side Story’ Was Reborn

Inside the wildly ambitious effort to reimagine the classic musical for 2020.

What Was Going Wrong With My Pregnancy?

As a mother-to-be discovered in her distress, much of prenatal medicine is still a mystery.

Inking Against Invisibility

In the face of chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical discrimination, Talia Hibbert turned to tatoos to reclaim ownership of her body.

In Defense of Boris the Russki

Ayşegül Savaş calls into question a kind of racism in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and laments the liberal reluctance to rebuke discrimination outright, regardless of its targets.

The Mysterious Lawyer X

Nicola Gobbo defended Melbourne’s most notorious criminals at the height of a 
gangland war. They didn’t know she had a secret.

The Saudi Connection: Inside the 9/11 Case That Divided the F.B.I.

Of the 19 hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks, 15 were Saudis, but what role (if any) did the Saudi government play in the scheme? While a small team of FBI agents has been trying to uncover the truth, other parts of the FBI are determined to keep possible Saudi connections secret. Why? President Trump’s not keen on something that might ‘imperil “good relations with Saudi Arabia.”‘ Will the families of those who died as a result of the attacks ever get closure?

Noah’s Rainbow – Raising children in an age of climate crisis

James S. Murray explores the start of a decade of consequences, and the stark difference between ghosts and ancestors.

Like a Shovel and a Rope

“We had nothing to lose,” Cary Ann said. “Fuck it. Band. Family. Let’s give it a shot. . . . Handshake, spit on it. If it gets too nasty we’ll cut and run.”

Meet the Boy Scouts of the Border Patrol

“If there’s something overtly theatrical, even campy, about these recruitment efforts, that isn’t a coincidence. The age-old children’s games of cowboys and Indians or cops and robbers have simply been harnessed for a modern, state-run, militarized equivalent: border guards and immigrants.”