Editors’ Picks

Picks

“It Was Gone Overnight”

One restaurant’s struggle to weather the pandemic.

They Were Warriors

Thirty years ago this month, activists — many fighting for their lives — took to the streets of downtown Chicago in one of the biggest AIDS demonstrations in history. Here’s how that pivotal protest played out, in the words of those who were there.

The Hate Store

Amazon’s self-publishing arm is a haven for white supremacists.

Press Play

“It is now mostly unclear why I thought it was a good idea to bring Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits to school with me.”

Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’

“The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next.”

Scotland’s Seaweed Showdown

The fight over a proposal to harvest kelp on an industrial level off the Scottish coast is about the survival of rich ecosystems we don’t know enough about — and the survival of local identity.

Why All the Warby Parker Clones Are Now Imploding

Direct-to-Consumer business are very appealing to customers and investors, but it’s challenging to make the DTC model economically viable.

The Voice Keepers

“In the recordings of the Voice-O-Graph, two collectors discover an intimate sonic history.”

Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Our old work routines cannot carry us through self-quarantine to a time when life will resume as normal, because pandemic has irrevocably changed the world we wish to return to. Instead of working through this, work on adjusting pyschogically first.

Fathers Sway above It All

“My mother’s absence in my life has always haunted me more than my father’s abuse, which is why I suppose I wrote a novel about a mother leaving a daughter.”

The Baller

Weary and frightened by the scary science she encounters on the climate beat, journalist Audrey Gray finds hope in the form of octogenarian Ed Mazria, a former basketball player turned architect turned climate evangelist, who has an actionable plan.

My Disabled Son’s Amazing Gaming Life in the World of Warcraft

Every year since Mats’ death in 2014, the World of Warcraft guild Starlight has held a memorial to share memories of their comrade, someone they never met in real life.

If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode

“Tina Fey, Mike Schur, and 35 more TV writers on what their characters would do in a pandemic.”

“When Can We Really Rest?”

More migrants than ever are crossing the Colombia-Panama border to reach the U.S. Five days inside the Darién Gap, one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.

Greta’s World

“How one Swedish teenager armed with a homemade sign ignited a crusade and became the leader of a movement.”

Exposed. Afraid. Determined.

In their own words, workers across the country who have no choice but to confront the pandemic describe life in a changed world.

The Life and Death of Juan Sanabria, One of New York City’s First Coronavirus Victims

“If you didn’t see him, you wanted to know where he was. When he wasn’t around, you felt it.”

Land-Grab Universities

Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.

I’ve Fled New York with My Wife, Kids and Dog – Just as my Ancestors Fled the 1918 Pandemic

After covering the plights of refugees around the world as a journalist, Bryan Mealer finds himself a refugee, fleeing New York City for his childhood home of west Texas — where his great-grandmother and her oldest daughter died in the influenza epidemic of 1918.

All That Is Lost and All That Is Remembered

On the 30th anniversary of her Navy captain father’s political execution, Naz Riahi recalls her love for him, and reveals a persistent grief that is always with her.