The Bounty of the Bone Pile

Butchered whales lure polar bears and tourists to a coastal Alaskan town. So far, so good. Sort of.

Source: Hakai Magazine
Published: Feb 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,400 words)

John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago

Can a man who tried to murder a president be rehabilitated?

Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,839 words)

Inside the Identity Crisis at the Independent Journal Review, the Outlet That Has Become a Powerhouse in the Trump Era

Founded in 2013 to repackage conservative news stories, IJR grew into a news-gathering organization, but they’ve stumbled as they’ve evolved, from a retracted conspiracy theory to clashes between the content and editorial sides. The biggest criticism is that the company’s partisan position makes their stories part of the Trump propaganda machine.

Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,492 words)

The Hollywood Exec and the Hand Transplant That Changed His Life

In her final feature for Los Angeles Magazine, Amy Wallace tells the incredible story of Jonathan Koch, “one of Hollywood’s great closers,” who lost several limbs and nearly his life to septic shock before receiving a revolutionary hand transplant.

Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The Swiss Invasion

You don’t shop on Saturday if you live in Konstanz, Germany. Why? The Swiss.

Published: Mar 5, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,007 words)

Memoirs of Addiction and Ambition

Cat Marnell’s new memoir How to Murder Your Life, like Julia Phillips’ famous You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, is an extreme spectacle of women in capitalism.

Author: Naomi Fry
Source: New Yorker
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,551 words)

Cult Confessions: Faith and the Limits of Liberalism

Ellen Wayland-Smith’s family came from Oneida in upstate New York, known for its nineteenth-century utopian community and fine silverware. She had never considered that the origins of that utopia had more in common with a cult than Christianity.

Source: Catapult
Published: Mar 16, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away

It’s a muted form of pink—more sophisticated than bubblegum, more luxurious than eraser pink—and it can be found on book covers, runways, Pinterest boards, cosmetics labels, and almost any Instagram feed. It’s been around almost as long as millennial-hating has been around, and it also shows no signs of letting up.

Published: Mar 19, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)

American Destiny?

Aperture’s spring issue, “American Destiny,” is an epic vision of our current economic and political landscape—“from agricultural workers to those toiling on the factory floor,” write the editors in their introduction. But Jörg Colberg argues that the issue doesn’t provide a complete vision because it fails to photograph those would ultimately shape this destiny: the wealthy.

Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,790 words)

Letters to Donald Trump

Barbara Zitwer, Colm Tóibín, Elham Manea, Linda Coverdale, Kyung-sook Shin, and Anne Landsman share their stories of immigration to protest Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban as an abomination in a country built and fuelled by people from away.

Source: Granta
Published: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,717 words)