In 1997, a sexually-frustrated teenager and 600 of his peers recreated the three-month Mormon trek through the wilderness: “Our caravans’ ‘provisions’ were just the heavy mounds of North Face bags full of acne creams and hair gels and body sprays.”
Artur Samarin was a 19-year-old Ukrainian college student when he visited the U.S. via a summer exchange program and met an American couple willing to adopt him so he could stay indefinitely. There was a catch: Samarin would need to change his name to Asher Potts and enroll in school as a 14-year-old high school student.
How some inmates serving life sentences in prison work 10-15 hours a day, seven days a week so that terminally ill fellow prisoners do not have to die alone.
A controversial cyber-pagan ceremony conjurs issues of self-empowerment, solidarity, and heaven on earth.
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1915 novel Herland, women create a utopia without men and start to reproduce asexually. As the #MeToo Movement gathered steam, this novel led journalist Nora Caplan-Bricker to examine other feminist utopias and the limitations of binary ideology. As Caplan-Bricker puts it, “envisioning a world without sexual harassment—without its many tendrils invading every corner of our lives—is not a simple act of imagination.”
“I don’t know if it was true or not, but it was part of the story.”
Doug Schifter waged a one-man campaign to stop Uber from putting his fellow black-car drivers out of business. Then he decided to take his own life.
Words are not always what hold book lovers captive: old book smell is real.
Living many states away from her parents and much of her extended family during the holy month of Ramadan, writer Gulnaz Saiyed remembers the food and flavors of home.
The poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib on the rituals of his faith that have, for him, fallen away, and those that have endured.