Editors’ Picks

Picks

The Crimson Klan

Exploring the history of the Ku Klux Klan’s presence at Harvard University.

I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget

“The internet is clever, but it’s not always smart. It’s personalized, but not personal. It lures you in with a timeline, then fucks with your concept of time. It doesn’t know or care whether you actually had a miscarriage, got married, moved out, or bought the sneakers. It takes those sneakers and runs with whatever signals you’ve given it, and good luck catching up.”

Poisoned

“Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.”

The Voice in Your Head

The Hearing Voices Movement is reshaping our understanding of hallucination — and what it means to be “mad.”

How Do We Exit the Post-Truth Era?

“Why fact-checking alone won’t save us from fake news.”

Chinese Cooking Helps Me Connect With My Mother—And Helps Me Prepare to Lose Her

“Michelle Zauner’s memoir Crying in H Mart showed me how bonding over food could let me cope with anticipatory grief.”

Homeless in the Shadow of Apple’s $5 Billion Campus

“A group of ex-tech workers, gig employees, and locals priced out of the housing market are fighting for affordable housing in Silicon Valley.”

Feel Right at Home

“Now I live near Brushy Creek instead of the Seine or the Pacific, and I’m not the first to make that sharp midlife turn from the city to the suburbs. “

My Trans Mother, Myself

“Trans women imparting knowledge to each other is really, really crucial to survival, but it’s also incredibly fraught.”

A Quiet Revolution

A conversation with the Indigo Girls.

Crush

“Can we fall in love completely without completely losing ourselves?”

For the Next Ones

“After a legendary start in hockey, Dampy Brar played pro all over the U.S. But today, his true mission is teaching the South Asian community the game he loves — and teaching the hockey world about his community.”

We Need to Translate More Armenian Literature

“We need them to assert our very existence.”

Haphephobia

“The day I told her I was gay, the hugs changed. They became longer and tighter, like she was trying to hug the sin out of me.”

‘A Profound Betrayal of Trust’: Why Jackson’s Water System Is Broken

“How a shrinking city, aging infrastructure and racism left thousands of Jacksonians without water for weeks.”

“Some Conspiracy Theories Turn Out to be True…” Did the US Government Finally Vindicate the UFO Hunters?

“In other words, aliens? “Well, as I like to say, the sceptics have to be right every day,” Pope says. “The believers only need to be right once.””

Why Did We Go Bald? The Love and Loss of Human Hair

“Hairlessness, to put it baldly, was sexy. And a relatively hairless partner would be more likely to produce a less hairy younger generation. Soon the hair was dropping off us at a rate of knots.”

The Broken Front Line

“The wave of coronavirus cases that swept across the country late last year put even the most battle-hardened EMTs under unprecedented psychological strain.”

The Death Truck: How a Solution to Mexico’s Morgue Crisis Created a New Horror

“She and her team were there to determine how a container of unidentified human remains could have ended up near a residential area of a major city.”

 

 

One-Horse Town

“She goes to work, goes home, repeats; the sun rises, the sun sets. In her quiet corner of the world, self-sufficiency and independence are how both she and her customers survive, even thrive. They find pleasure in their work and in the small slices of life shared daily.”