We Should Be Talking About the Effect of Climate Change on Cities

But we’re not. Instead, the effects on cities tend to be edited out or statistically minimized. An excerpt from Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change by Ashley Dawson.

Source: Verso Books
Published: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,461 words)

Old Woods and Deep

Compelled by a dearth of biographical material about novelist Cormac McCarthy, a fellow writer travels to Tennessee to try to sketch a portrait of this reclusive, beguiling author.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Sep 5, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,836 words)

The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis

Do you know that the company that makes OxyContin and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one family?

Source: Esquire
Published: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 31 minutes (7,778 words)

The Last Days of the Leather Fortress

Besides motel rooms and swank LA mansions, where does hardcore porn get filmed? For the last ten years, in this San Francisco basement. Here’s a very NSFW portrait of Kink.com’s final week.

Author: Tina Horn
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Oct 11, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,958 words)

The Danger of President Pence

A deep dive into the political rise of Mike Pence and what some fear may happen if he were to ever to become President.

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 52 minutes (13,211 words)

Park Chan-wook, the Man Who Put Korean Cinema on the Map

Novelist Alexander Chee profiles Korean director Park Chan-wook as part of T: The New York Times Style Magazine‘s “The Greats” series, which also includes six other cover profiles: Roxane Gay on hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, Hanya Yanagihara on designer Dries Van Noten, Lin Manuel Miranda on lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Manohla Dargis on actor Amy Adams, Dave Eggers on writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Randy Kennedy on sculptor Claes Oldenburg.

Published: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,102 words)

Nicki Minaj, Always in Control

Author Roxane Gay profiles hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj as part of T: The New York Times Style Magazine‘s “The Greats” series, which also includes six other cover profiles: Alexander Chee on Korean director Park Chan Wook, Hanya Yanagihara on designer Dries Van Noten, Lin Manuel Miranda on lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Manohla Dargis on actor Amy Adams, Dave Eggers on writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Randy Kennedy on sculptor Claes Oldenburg.

Author: Roxane Gay
Published: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,303 words)

Young Saints

How a school that calls itself “Christian Hogwarts” is upending a small city in California’s Trump country.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct 12, 2017
Length: 35 minutes (8,792 words)

The Godfather of Mexican Manufacturing Couldn’t Care Less About Donald Trump

The 45th President can try to build a wall along the US-Mexican border and renegotiate NAFTA, but nothing can contain the role Mexican manufacturing plays in the global economy, and the role Jaime Bermúdez Cuarón plays in particular.

Published: Oct 12, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,369 words)

What Miyazaki’s Heroines Taught Me About My Mixed-Race Identity

On the wonder and strangeness of occupying a perpetually in-between space.

Source: Catapult
Published: Oct 16, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,494 words)