Editors’ Picks


GaryVee Is Still Preaching the Hustle Gospel in the Middle of a Pandemic

“His message is what so many desperate people want to hear right now. It’s also dangerous.”

The Fault, Dear Reader, Is Not In Our Stars

Mental health care is pricey and inaccessible. Online astrology is rising to take its place.

I Was a Teenage Conspiracy Theorist

““Our minds work in particular ways that make us all receptive to conspiracy thinking,” says Rob Brotherton, a psychologist and the author of Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories. “

Death of a Smart City

“Alphabet bet big in Toronto. Toronto didn’t play along.”

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

“Scarred by trauma and devoted to Trump, a man began mailing explosives to the president’s critics on the eve of an election. Inside the race to catch him.”

Flimsy plastic knives, a single microwave, and empty popcorn bags: How 50 inmates inside a Michigan prison prepared a feast to celebrate the life of George Floyd

Michael “Thompson came up with a way to mark Floyd’s death inside: a special meal that he’d share with the inmates in a “celebration” honoring Floyd’s life…After they returned their cells, each man sat in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. And then they began to eat.”

Stacey Abrams and Janelle Monáe on the Fight for Democracy in an Election Season for the Ages

‘The former Georgia Representative talks to singer and fellow Atlantan Monáe about voter suppression, Joe Biden, and whether Abrams herself will one day run for president. (The answer: “Absolutely.”)’

Sharing Food, Building Resilience

“If someone wants to know how a community is doing, the response, Larson explains, could be, ‘Well, how many times did people share food with each other here?’ Each community’s constellation of shared food, labor, and equipment, like nets or boats, is unique and reveals different levels of interconnection and community cohesion.”

For Domestic Workers, Apps Provide Solace — But Not Justice

Apps can and do help abused migrants find one another and escape abusive situations, but they ‘cannot fix structural inequalities, missing institutional capacity or a lack of human intent.'”

TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface

“TikTok, it turned out, was reminiscent of Vine in more ways than one. The common denominator of many of its viral moments is an unspoken partiality to Black cultural expression. It works like an accelerant.”

Simone Biles Would Like to Thank Herself

Biles is a Black athlete who is a woman, and for many, one of the gravest sins a Black woman can commit, besides beating white people at a sport they had previously dominated, is to appear insufficiently humble and grateful to white people for their success.

How the Pandemic Defeated America

“The coronavirus found, exploited, and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer.”

Do You Hear the People Sing?

“Brutality and resistance on the front lines of Hong Kong’s battle for democracy.”

The Climate Crisis Has Sparked a Siberian Mammoth Tusk Gold Rush

Mammoth ivory has been touted as an “ethical” alternative for the continuing illegal ivory trade that is threatening an entire living species with extinction, but at what cost?

The Worst-Case Scenario

“A white police officer fresh from de-escalation training, a troubled black woman with a gun, and a crowd with cellphones ready to record.”

I Reject the Imaginary White Man Judging My Work

“Breaking news: Black people have families and jobs and romantic interests and hobbies and challenges and yes, we have all of this within systems not designed for us, and yet we exist. We live and love and die. Those institutions and structures don’t HAVE to be in the forefront of the stories we tell and it’s also okay when they are.”

Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis

“He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals.”

A Farmer, ‘Little Ghosts,’ and 18,000 Tobacco Plants

“How COVID-19 upended farming in South Korea.”

What My Mother Didn’t Talk About

“My mother and I were very close, but when she died last year there was still so much I didn’t know about her.”

Why Is Bob Ross Still So Popular?

“Twenty-five years after his death, the painter who gave us ‘happy little trees’ is more ubiquitous than ever.”