‘What’s Covid?’ Why People at America’s Hardest-Partying Lake Are Not About to Get Vaccinated

“Like other places with low vaccination rates, there is a deep distrust of authority that exists among those at the Lake of the Ozarks. Politicians have agendas, the press loves controversy, even data can’t be believed. Some here cast hospitalization spikes as fictionalized. Others spin conspiracy theories about microchips.”

Source: Politico
Published: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,194 words)

My Brother’s Dinner With The President Of Sears

“Along with fire, my brother loved the sound of breaking glass. He seemed to enjoy chaos in all forms. I thought it was unfair that I had to be my brother’s keeper. I just wanted to be the younger brother in a normal family, and Jon, I thought, was keeping us from being normal.”

Author: Marc Inman
Published: Jul 26, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,724 words)

Survivor

“The discovery of hundreds of Indigenous children’s remains in the spring was particularly hard for me—because I knew I could have been one of them. How I made it through Canada’s residential school system.”

Source: Toronto Life
Published: Jul 27, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,917 words)

The Ballad of the Chowchilla Bus Kidnapping

“If you told somebody 26 kids went missing, the most ever in America, that somebody would likely assume they were dead. But they’d survived! All of them! Many potlucks would ensue.”

 

 

Source: Vox
Published: Jul 23, 2021
Length: 55 minutes (13,872 words)

The Jessica Simulation: Love and Loss in the Age of A.I.

“The death of the woman he loved was too much to bear. Could a mysterious website allow him to speak with her once more?”

Published: Jul 23, 2021
Length: 43 minutes (10,801 words)

The Untold Stories of Wes Studi

“Wes starring in films that have nothing to do with Native American heritage is something we acutely desire: to be allowed to play parts without having to authenticate our realness as Indians.”

Source: GQ
Published: Jul 22, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,676 words)

The Day the Good Internet Died

“Did a Good Internet ever even exist, or am I just nostalgic for my youth?”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 21, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,211 words)

A Personal History of the C-Section

“When my daughter’s delivery went off the script I had imagined, it made me wonder about what we ask from our birth stories.”

Published: Jul 21, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,623 words)

The Scream

“Is this the end for Muslims in India?”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 10, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Conjuring Love: A Conversation with Kiese Laymon

“The same ingredients are a part of all of us. They’re just shaped and distributed differently.”

Published: Jul 13, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,485 words)