Editors’ Picks



Dworin weaves together the memory of losing her mother to an illness during her childhood with her story of becoming a mother and caring for children with their own illnesses.

Sight and Insight

After a childhood filled with intrusive medical interventions for misaligned eyes, Liane Kupferberg Carter wrestles with learning to see herself and others clearly.

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

What happens when you give thousands of pedants a place online to let loose the full force of their passions? Something flawed, but beautiful.

Garbage Language: Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?

Let’s drop a pin in this and take it off-line so we can futureproof the intiative with these key learnings and co-create innovative win-wins that require an omni-channel push but no critical ask. Actually, let’s not.

The End of Miss America

If only the actual Miss America were as gorgeous and erudite as this essay about the decrepitude of a stagnant pageant in a changing world.

The High-Stakes Fight Over Bolivia’s Lithium

“Bolivia has the largest known resources of lithium. Can it build an industry to supply the world’s growing demand?”

Hacking Diabetes

A network of amateur programmers is transforming the illness with a DIY app.

Between Russell Simmons and The World and Oprah

Russell Simmons moved to Bali to avoid the legal fallout from a litany of #metoo accusations, but that didn’t stop him from spending time, recently, in New York City. Veteran journalist Kevin Powell conducted many interviews with him there, attempting to understand his one-time idol’s perspective. In the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s withdrawal from producing On the Record — a documentary about Russell’s many alleged abuses — Powell wrestles with many difficult things: Russell’s attitude toward his accusers; the intersection of sexism and racism: toxic masculinity in hiphop; his own past mistakes; and Oprah’s mysterious choice to back out of the film.

Smorgasbords Don’t Have Bottoms

On publishing in the late 2010s.

Trust and Consequences

The government required him to see a therapist. He thought his words would be confidential. Now, the traumatized migrant may be deported.

My Journey Through Tijuana for the Best Surgery $2,000 Can Buy

In Tijuana, uninsured freelancers Amy Martyn and her husband Aaron pursue inexpensive orthopedic surgery for his doubly broken ankle. For both better and worse, they get what they paid for.

House of the Century

In this personal and critical essay, Daisy Alioto reconsiders the nature of architecture while researching window alarms.

Within the Scope
The silence that protected one woman from the trauma of her abuser was now the silence she had to free herself from.
Tampon wars: the battle to overthrow the Tampax empire

For decades, one company has ruled the world of tampons. But will a new wave of brands usurp the old order?

Strangers on a Train

Long-distance train travel offers Alexandra Marvar and her fellow passengers a lift across the country, a break from their routines, and a chance to get to know each other.

Working In Science Was A Brutal Education. That’s Why I Left.

“Science made me understand the vast beauty of the world. But science was also working 15 hours a day for weeks or months.”

Three Couples Counselors on Miss Piggy and Kermit’s Relationship

Spoiler alert, it’s not great. But you already knew that deep down, even as a kid.

The Original Renegade

A 14-year-old ninth grader from the Atlanta suburbs created a dance called The Renegade that exploded on communities like TikTok. The only problem is that Harmon saw her creation take on a life of its own without any acknowledgement.

It’s Not a Clinic, It’s a Caste System

Surely, there is a happy medium between “delightful” concierge healthcare and no healthcare at all that we as a society are smart enough to figure out. (Also, no one ever had a delightful pap smear, no matter how tasty the infused water in the waiting room was.)

A Group of Agents Rose Through the Ranks to Lead the Border Patrol. They’re Leaving It in Crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake.