If You Want to Humble an Empire

If you want to humble an empire it makes sense to maim its cathedrals. They are symbols of its faith, and when they crumple and burn, it tells us we are not so powerful and we can’t be safe. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, planted at the base of Manhattan island with the Statue of Liberty as their sentry, and the Pentagon, a squat, concrete fort on the banks of the Potomac, are the sanctuaries of money and power that our enemies may imagine define us. But that assumes our faith rests on what we can buy and build, and that has never been America’s true God. #Sept11

Source: Time
Published: Sep 14, 2001
Length: 38 minutes (9,587 words)

The Pill at 50: Sex, Freedom and Paradox

Source: Time
Published: Apr 22, 2010
Length: 25 minutes (6,468 words)

The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting

The insanity crept up on us slowly; we just wanted what was best for our kids. We bought macrobiotic cupcakes and hypoallergenic socks, hired tutors to correct a 5-year-old’s “pencil-holding deficiency,” hooked up broadband connections in the treehouse but took down the swing set after the second skinned knee.

Source: Time
Published: Nov 20, 2009
Length: 9 minutes (2,271 words)