Editors’ Picks

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Horror Lives in the Body

“That fight-or-flight feeling, the body’s warning system, is what horror regularly exercises. It reminds you to stay alert because danger could present itself from the depths of any shadow, from behind any door, from the cab of any passing vehicle.”

What Stands In the Way of Native American Voters?

Thanks to historical disenfranchisement and discrimination, but also to a new state ID requirement — upheld by courts despite “all too real risk of grand-scale voter confusion” — thousands of Native Americans living in North Dakota won’t be able to vote this November.

Mold Eats World

As climate change chugs on and coastal cities endure hurricane flooding year after year, mold is flourishing in the hot, damp aftermath, bringing complaints of mold-induced illness. But, is mold really what’s making us sick? Even scientist Joan Bennett — who has dedicated her life to studying fungi — was unable to prove that the mold farm that invaded her home post-hurricane Katrina caused her headaches.

The Resurgence of the Nuxalk

In remote coastal British Columbia, this ancient tribe has launched a Watchmen program to create jobs and protect natural resources as they work to regain jurisdiction over traditional territory for the first time in a century.

How Carrie Mae Weems Rewrote the Rules of Image-Making

Accompanied by photographs taken by Mickalene Thomas, The New York Times’ T Magazine profiles Carrie Mae Weems for its 2018 Greats issue.

Solange, the Polymathic Cultural Force

For T Magazine’s 2018 Greats issue, Ayana Mathis interviews vocalist Solange Knowles as she prepares to release a new album.

A Place to Stay, Untouched by Death

In this personal essay, after her mother’s passing, Jane Ratcliffe considers the role everyday objects play in a good death.

The Power of Shutting Up and Sitting in Silence

A personal essay in which Kathryn Smith recalls going to an Ashram and taking a vow of silence — which (temporarily) made her feel better about everything.

Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’

Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood is the East Coast’s largest open-air drug market whose strong, inexpensive heroin attracts drug users from all over the country. Some locals commute there to score. Some work as guides, helping visitors shop and procure clean needles. The overdose rate is high. Rape, murder, and violence are common. Dead bodies end up in the bushes. As one user put it: “People think we are having fun down here. Are you insane? I live under a bridge.” The city doesn’t know what to do about it.

Fat Girl Cries Herself to Sleep At Night: An Illustrated Essay

In an illustrated essay, Natalie Lima describes how weird and hilarious living in a body can be.

Michael Peña Has Come to Play

After acting in practically every other movie for the last twenty years, Michael Peña still isn’t sure what to say when he has to talk about himself. He’d rather talk about his family, golf, and Latinx representation in Hollywood.

Going Hungry at the Most Prestigious MFA in America

When the director of her MFA writing program advises her not to pursue a part-time job to help pay the bills, Katie Prout starts visiting the local food bank out of necessity.

Mexico City’s Architects of Destruction

After an 8.0 earthquake devastated Mexico City in 1985, the government strengthened building codes to prevent more buildings from collapsing. After a massive quake toppled more buildings in the city in 2017, it became clear that officials weren’t enforcing those codes, and developers were cutting corners.

Unprotected

Katie Meyler founded the More Than Me Academy in Liberia to educate girls and get them off the street. She also hired the man who would rape dozens of MTM’s 11 and 12 year old students, impregnating some and leaving others HIV positive.

A Woman, Tree or Not

In this essay from our Fine Lines series about age, Terese Marie Mailhot questions the value of Native coming of age ceremonies she missed out on.

My Great Grandfather the Bundist

Writer and artist Molly Crabapple tells the story of her late great grandfather, self-taught artist Sam Rothbort, and of the Bund, the revolutionary anti-Zionist Jewish political party he joined in Vilna in 1898.

Are You Sitting Down?

In this excerpt from her forthcoming memoir, She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway recalls the incident that led to the Amazon Prime series: her father coming out to her as transgender.

Tennessee Williams Made Paintings. They Were About Love and Loss, Too.

Michael Adno examines the paintings of American playwright Tennessee Williams, who used the visual medium to explore what it meant to be gay in America during the ’70s.

‘Dallas’ at 40: The Inside Story Behind the Show That Changed Texas Forever

The definitive oral history of a timeless TV series.

The Ghosts of the Glacier

As Alpine glaciers recede in alarming speed, they reveal more and more bodies of people who’d died tragically on the ice, some of them considered missing for decades.