Editors’ Picks


Breakdown Palace

“Kingsley Hall was an experiment that is considered imperfect by all who took part in it, deeply flawed; to some on the outside, it was wildly irresponsible, perhaps a failure.”

The Truth About Dentistry

Fears, meet validation: those procedures you got at the dentist may have been unnecessary.

At UNTUCKit, Clothes Make the Man, and the Man Needs Help

Do men just want a uniform, someone to dress them, or both?

Farewell to Payless and its terrible, no good, very cheap, occasionally meaningful shoes

With Payless set to close all of its U.S. and Canada stores by the end of May, a former customer finds herself curiously missing a subpar, self-serve “ShoeSource” she hasn’t shopped at in years.

Mothering on the Borders

In this reported personal essay, Yifat Susskind reflects on what is revealed when we look at borders — and the violence and destructive policies that surround them — from the perspective of mothers.

Voices On Addiction: They Call It Spirits

As Connie Pertuz-Meza recalls her Papi’s struggles with alcoholism and the toll the shame of his addiction took on her, her sister, and her Mami, she comes to the realization that her sadness does not define her.

Christ on the Comal

“In the midst of all of this, the family was on the brink of losing all hope. To my mother, the tortilla was a sign from God that He would make things better.”

One Little Goat

Miriam Bird Greenberg recalls the role of goats in her life while growing up as a Jewish child on a farm. “As a child, the meanings one assembles from the unknown sometimes remain truths long after the stories that underpin them are eroded.”

The Man Who’s Going to Save Your Neighborhood Grocery Store

“You no longer need grocery stores to buy groceries.” But that might not be a good thing. Kevin Kelley wants to save us from the techification of our food supply and help us reconnect to what we eat.

To Grieve Is to Carry Another Time

A personal essay in which Matthew Salesses considers the impact of his wife’s passing, and other factors, on his experience as a human passing through the fourth dimension.

The Company That Sells Love to America Had a Dark Secret

A ranging, damning expose of unresolved sexual discrimination and harassment suits at Sterling Jewelers — and other popular jewelry chains under the Signet Jewelers Ltd. umbrella — following a two-year investigation.

The Hotshots of Helltown

During California’s deadliest, most catastrophic fire, which burned for 17 days and caused $16 billion in damages, four friends stayed behind to protect their homes. No one suggests you try this yourself.

This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird.

“She’s now saying that she intends to appeal the no-bear condition, getting her attorney involved, claiming that our decision is unconstitutional. She actually said that our misuse of power is far more dangerous than a caged bear.”

Have Hen Will Travel: The Man Who Sailed Round the World With a Chicken

You could be sad that this chicken is far more well-traveled than you are, or you could be delighted at the bond between a man and his hen. After skimming the day’s other headlines (and seeing Monique the hen in her sweater) I choose the latter.

High Tide of Heartbreak

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes (Elliot, A Soldier’s FugueWater by the Spoonful, In the Heights) reflects on how the narrow aesthetics of legacy theatre institutions have hurt her health, her heart, and her career.

Physicians Get Addicted Too

“Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.”

Send in the Clones

A rogue group called the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is moving cuttings and seeds from California’s ancient sequoia north to Oregon to save the species from the coming effects of climate change. But should they? Maybe in a world faced with global environmental disaster, the old rules no longer apply.

Ariana and the Lesbian Narcissus

A self-described “heritage lesbian artifact” ponders her attraction to a certain sexy GIF and finds not only titillation, but another commercial product in what she calls the “off-shoot of the ‘non-lesbian’ genre of cultural production,” where non-lesbians play the part in “a visual culture that celebrates lesbianism only insofar as it’s packaged as an isolated sexual act, an unexpected twist to the plot-line.”

Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind

Rachel Kushner profiles scholar and prison abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore.

The Revolution…Without Prince

A personal essay in which, hoping to reconnect to their love for the iconic musician, Kevin Sampsell and an old girlfriend go to hear his best known band play without him.