Editors’ Picks

Picks

Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious

A leading Democratic candidate for President, Elizabeth Warren has serious plans to tackle income equality, corporate power, and a range of other issues working class Americans face today.

Advice on Motherhood

Everyone’s an expert, and often sexist, too.

What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

“Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.”

School for Girls

In this personal essay, years after recovering from anorexia, Jasmin Sandelson writes a letter to the high school friend she idolized, and explores how hunger, love, and envy shaped — and ended — their relationship.

The Rise of ‘Three-Car Garage Rock’

Who says the suburbs never produced anything memorable?

Bearing the Weight of My Grandfathers’ Old Clothes

In adopting outerwear worn by the men who came before him, Aram Mrjoian considers his childhood misperceptions of traditional masculinity.

The Making of a Millennial Woman

“To demand someone enter into and entertain your anxious mind-palace and reckon with your complicated and endlessly fascinating individuality can be an act of power. But who gets to be an individual to the Western public? Who gets to be complex?”

‘None of This Happened the Way You Think It Did”

“But losing her friend twice, first to cancer and then to the underworld of the cadaver market, reminded her that, no matter how much she attempted to confront death, there were many unimagined trap doors.”

Church vs. State

Even though many Filipinos are pleased with their controversial president’s openly violent war on drugs, many in the Philippine Catholic Church are waging a campaign of resistance at great personal cost.

Driven

In an age when driving is the next frontier, a 22-year-old mother tries to become the first woman to drive cross-country. Riding into mysterious pre-highway terrain, she rewrites history and faces betrayal closer than she ever imagined.

Father’s Little Helper

A personal essay in which, while under the influence of Valium, Scott Korb reflects on all the fathers he could have been and the father he has become.

The I in We

How WeWork — a company based on founder Adam Neumann’s vision of a “capitalist kibbutz” — became a sleek, dystopian, mammoth-sized tech unicorn.

The Day the Music Burned

“It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew.”

How Indie Went Jam, a Recent History from My Morning Jacket to Vampire Weekend

One pop music critic looks at the ways indie bands have incorporated elements from bands like Grateful Dead and Phish, and he wonders whether jam bands’ influence can revitalize indie rock at a time when it seems to have nowhere else to go. Some listeners might argue that labels like ‘jam’ and ‘indie’ don’t really add anything to the conversation.

Smash the Wellness Industry

Jessica Knoll calls out the wellness industry as a dangerous deceit. Masquerading as a way to increase energy or reduce inflammation, the industry’s success actually preys upon women’s self-hate by “preserving a vicious fallacy: Thin is healthy and healthy is thin.”

Inside the black (cherry) market of vintage Kool-Aid packet collectors

“When you’re in the mood for Kool-Aid, you can walk into a grocery store and chose from about 20 different flavor packets all priced at about a quarter a piece. However, if you’re in the market for some quintessentially classic, high-grade, “Oh Yeah!”-era Kool-Aid, you’ll have to enter the fruit-flavored underbelly of one the most intriguing subsets in the world of pop culture food enthusiasts: the black market of vintage Kool-Aid packet collectors.”

Vacation Memories Marred by the Indelible Stain of Racism

A personal essay in which Shanna B. Tiayon recalls an interaction with a National Parks Service bus driver that cast a pall on a family trip to the Grand Canyon.

The Rise and Fall of the Bank Robbery Capital of the World

In 1992, there were 2,641 bank robberies in Los Angeles — “one every 45 minutes of each banking day.” How did L.A. become the epicenter of the heist? Thanks to the dangerous combination of cars, convenience, and cocaine.

A Dead Humpback, a Team of Scientists, a Race for Answers

Sound is a whale’s main navigational tool. So does ocean noise pollution impair their ability to communicate, to migrate, to mate? “Answers to these questions, among others, have eluded scientists, simply because 40-ton, seemingly healthy humpback whale carcasses with very little decomposition don’t wash up on our shores very often. So when Vector did, every second counted.”

Four Nights This Ramadan, Under the Shadow of Refugee Returns in Lebanon

For fifteen years, Syranian, Lebanese, and Palestinian refugees have found sanctuary in a neighborhood called Jabal Beddawi in northern Lebanon. Journalist Laura Gottesdiener spent time there to see how refugees, despite their differences, have forged a community under duress.