Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston

“I can’t tell whether my inclination toward ecstasy is a sign that I still believe in God, or if it was only because of that ecstatic tendency that I ever believed at all.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 20, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,049 words)

Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun

If you’ve ever read a newspaper, been in a city, or ridden a bus, you’ve seen an ad for Shen Yun. But what is it? Aside from the “organ harvesting, the homophobia, the anti-evolution ballad, and the Karl Marx apparition,” that is?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 19, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,625 words)

Why Marlon James Decided to Write an African “Game of Thrones”

Jia Tolentino profiles Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Marlon James upon the publication of his newest book, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.”

Source: New Yorker
Published: Jan 28, 2019
Length: 38 minutes (9,727 words)

The Rage of the Incels

“In America, to be poor, or black, or fat, or trans, or Native, or old, or disabled, or undocumented, among other things, is usually to have become acquainted with unwantedness,” writes Jil Tolentino. But none of these people ever felt that because they were outside the sexual marketplace, they were ever owed sex. Incels are the result of a violent misogyny, one that has little to do with sex and almost everything to do with power.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,940 words)

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul

Nicotine vape devices were originally perceived as ways to help adults quit smoking actual cigarettes. Instead, American teens have embraced nicotine-delivery technology with a ferocity that has parents, pediatricians, and public schools scrambling for solutions.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 7, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,621 words)

Where Millennials Come From

Millennials have been blamed for destroying the world they were born into, killing entire industries simply because they can. They don’t consume like the generation before because they don’t make money like their parents did. But this isn’t because they’re lazy and irresponsible. Rather, as the most productive generation, the more millennials give, the more the world takes.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 28, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Gloria Allred’s Crusade

A profile of iconic feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, who has played a key role in changing attitudes and legislation regarding rape and sexual assault, and is currently litigating major cases against Bill Cosby and President Donald Trump.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 25, 2017
Length: 33 minutes (8,375 words)

Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions

“I also think that people assume that women do this casually — that they’ve known they were pregnant for thirty weeks and then were on their way down to the hair salon and they saw the abortion clinic and they decided to just walk in to avoid the inconveniences of motherhood. That also is completely untrue. No matter how available birth control and first-trimester and second-trimester abortion is, you are always going to have the need for later abortions. A woman would never do this casually.”

Source: The Hairpin
Published: Sep 20, 2013
Length: 11 minutes (2,865 words)

All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me

Tolentino explores the recent “Becky With the Bad Grades v. UT Austin” Supreme Court ruling through the lens of her own experience writing college essays for privileged white high school students.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 28, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,203 words)

Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks

When an expectant mom learned, at 31 weeks, that her fetus was “incompatible with life,” she flew to Colorado to get a shot that would start the process of a third-trimester abortion, then returned to New York to finish the delivery.

Source: Jezebel
Published: Jun 15, 2016
Length: 32 minutes (8,159 words)