The Age of Instagram Face

Jia Tolentino goes undercover into the world of plastic surgery, where everyone wants to look like an already-warped version of Kim Kardashian.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,858 words)

The Quiet Protests of Sassy Mom Merch

A look at performative motherhood, where stress and alcohol play proud roles, and identity and commodity blur.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 27, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,120 words)

Athleisure, Barre and Kale: The Tyranny of the Ideal Woman

“Barre feels like exercise the way Sweetgreen feels like eating: both might better be categorized as mechanisms that help you adapt to arbitrary, prolonged agony.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Aug 2, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,545 words)

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)