How the Town of Whitefish Defeated Its Neo-Nazi Trolls — And Became a National Model of Resistance

When resident neo-Nazi Richard Spencer and his fellow white supremacists started trying to intimidate the people of Whitefish, Montana about their support of Jewish businesses and neighbors, citizens took to the streets, protesting, throwing a block party and coming together to let the world know: this tiny town will not let racists dictate how people live here, and threats or not, Whitefish won’t back down.

Source: Yahoo News
Published: Jan 19, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,823 words)

Paul Auster: ‘I’m Going to Speak Out as Often as I Can, Otherwise I Can’t Live with Myself’

The publication of 4321, Paul Auster’s new 900-page novel, coincides with the author’s seventieth birthday. In an interview at the Guardian, he talks about escaping death as a child, writing a story about the what-ifs that haunt us, and learning how to live his life in the years ahead under a Trump presidency.

Author: Paul Laity
Source: The Guardian
Published: Jan 20, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,543 words)

When the National Bird Is a Burden

The bald eagle has long been a symbol of pride and freedom in the United States. But for one family farm in Georgia, it’s a real nuisance.

Published: Jan 19, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,603 words)

In 1971, the People Didn’t Just March on Washington — They Shut It Down

The most influential large-scale political action of the ’60s was actually in 1971, and you’ve never heard of it. It was called the Mayday action, and it provides invaluable lessons for today.

Source: Verso Books
Published: Jan 20, 2017
Length: 35 minutes (8,883 words)

Who Decides Who Counts as Native American?

Brooke Jarvis chronicles the legal battle over the “Nooksack 306,” members of the tribe who were disenrolled over questions about their identity.

Published: Jan 18, 2017
Length: 29 minutes (7,340 words)

The True Story of the Fugitive Drug Smuggler Who Became an Environmental Hero

When Florida drug trafficker Raymond Stansel was busted in 1974, he disappeared, changed his identity, and escaped to the dense rainforest along the Daintree River in Far North Queensland, Australia. But instead of laying low, he started an ecological tour company and viable business, becoming invested in the environmental protection of the region.

Published: Jan 16, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,449 words)

Finalists for the 2017 National Magazine Awards

Congrats to the 2017 Ellies finalists! ASME has provided a list of nominees with links to stories.

Author: Editors
Published: Jan 19, 2017

Arab Past, American Present: My Family’s Invisible History

America is a nation of immigrants, yet the country treats immigrants with increasing hostility. Recounting her Syrian family’s move to the US, writer Lauren Alwan wrestles with her own Arab identity, and she explores the ways immigrants shed their culture in order to assimilate, and the generational effects of invisibility.

Source: Catapult
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,950 words)

Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump

An essay on the importance of embracing in literature the conflict and destruction likely to arise in America in the coming four years. The piece is written from the perspective of a Bosnian-born novelist who got stuck in the United States in 1992 because of conflict in his native country that upended everything he felt sure of.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,737 words)

The Great Exception

“We’ve got the scientists. We’ve got the universities. We have the national labs. We have a lot of political clout and sophistication for the battle. And we will persevere,” says California governor Jerry Brown. This first piece in a series explores the relationship between the Golden State and Donald Trump’s Washington.

Author: Andy Kroll
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,064 words)