Editors’ Picks


The Color of Money

After her book, So You Want to Talk About Race, becomes a bestseller, Black author Ijeoma Oluo offers to build her white mother a home with her earnings and learns how race can affect the ways adult children care for their aging parents.

Johnny Rotten, My Mom, and Me

Kimberly Mack recalls the ways in which rock music bonded her with her African American mom, and how those fierce sounds helped them cope with the poverty, violence, and despair both outside and inside their Brooklyn home.

Who Killed Tulum?

From unceasing development to contaminated cenotes, the problems continue to pile up in the Mayan paradise formerly known as Tulum.

The True Story Behind an Iconic Vietnam War Photo Was Nearly Erased — Until Now

In February 1968, John Olson took a famous photo of a wounded Marine named Alvin Grantham. Or was it actually of another Marine named James Blaine? Michael Shaw examines the evidence to discover the truth.

My Restaurant Was the Greatest Show of Excess You’d Ever Seen, and It Almost Killed Me

“I was never falling-down drunk. I was never belligerent. I always got my work done. I was never unkempt. I was always clean, I was always shaved, I always performed at work. I was always kind and gracious in the dining room. But I lived in hell.”

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Hand transplant patients at the University of Pittsburgh were given new hands — and hope. But the experimental technique has led to side effects.

After Years of Inaction, Delta Teacher Shortage Reaches ‘Crisis’ Levels

“Low pay, few housing options, and a lack of job opportunities for teachers’ spouses are some of the obstacles that make recruiting educators a challenging task in many Mississippi communities, and particularly those in the Delta.”

How to Grant Your Child an Inner Life

From software that tracks children’s movements, to cars that only drive so far, American parents have many advanced ways to protect their children, but don’t kids deserve some privacy the way we did before the internet?


Beaten, Then Silenced

Glen Mills school is the “Harvard of reform schools.” But like too many other “prestigious” institutions, it’s built on foundations of violence and secrecy, and the repercussions follow many grads for the rest of their lives.

Rare L.A. Mega-Storm Could Overwhelm Dam and Flood Dozens of Cities, Experts Say

Because southern California doesn’t have enough problems.

The Communal Mind

Patricia Lockwood travels through the internet in this piece, first delivered as a lecture at the British Museum in February 2019.

The Lucky Ones

In sharing the story of each of her tattoos and their meaning, journalist Adriana Gallardo — who was once an undocumented immigrant from Mexico — recounts her family’s hard won-luck at life in America, a luck they earned by back-breaking janitorial work and sheer determination.

Class Dismissed

When she attends an elite private college on scholarship, Alison Stine discovers that education isn’t quite the equalizer she expected it to be.

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction

Twenty-five years after Sven Birkerts published The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, which of his concerns now plague our digital world?

‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out

“It really never was my shame. It was the church’s shame. They’re the ones that should have the shame for what they have done to myself and many, many other L.G.B.T. people.”

The latest Instagram influencer frontier? Medical promotions.

Health care and medical sponsored content from influencers is growing on Instagram. But is it ethical?

White Witchery

“When I choose, anoint, and burn a candle with my prayers scratched into the wax, when I make my prayers material, I convince myself that I can grab onto a power that will carry me through this life.”

I Had a Late-Term Abortion. President Trump and Pro-Lifers Have No Right to Call Me a Murderer.

A reported personal essay in which Margot Finn writes about the late-term abortion she under went at 29 weeks after it was discovered her baby had a severe brain abnormality; the online support group she helps run for parents who have had abortions because of poor prenatal diagnoses or maternal health issues; and how members have been affected by the latest anti-abortion backlash.

Magen David and Me

A personal essay in which, after facing persecution in the former Soviet Union and a new wave of antisemitism in the United States, Marya Zilberberg decides to put her Jewishness on display.

A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men

You have to seize power where you can find it. Some Black women found it in the pantry.