American Petro-Topia

The daughter of a plastics manufacturer assesses the toxins that get passed from one generation to another, in her family and yours. First published in 2015, this story, like petrochemistry, stays with you.

Source: Aeon
Published: Mar 1, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,400 words)

The Scalp from Sand Creek

In 1864, United States soldiers murdered 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho families in a small village, and they pilfered their remains as trophies. Museums and private collectors finally returned what material they had to the tribes. The questions now are: does repatriation help First Nations heal? And what else can be done?

Source: Aeon
Published: Jun 8, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,976 words)

Walk the Lines

From Iain Sinclair to Lauren Elkin and W. G. Sebald, the meditative stroll, based on the dérive or ‘drift,’ is a popular literary form in England. When one young writer considers his own stroll, he maneuvers through the form’s past, present and future.

Author: Will Wiles
Source: Aeon
Published: Apr 12, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Rules of Ascent

For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?

Author: Paul Sagar
Source: Aeon
Published: May 8, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,540 words)

In Praise of Cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike.

Source: Aeon
Published: Mar 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,700 words)

End of a Golden Age

Now that many Americans fear we’re entering a dark period of decline, it’s useful to analyze the industrialized world’s post-War period of economic prosperity to understand what made it exceptional, and why we cannot recreate it.

Source: Aeon
Published: Feb 22, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Living In the Now

Lonni Sue can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Scientific American opinion editor Michael Lemonick explore what she’s is teaching us about memory.

Source: Aeon
Published: Feb 13, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,890 words)

The Makeover Trap

Contemporary culture is obsessed with makeovers — of bodies, homes, even entire neighborhoods. But this quest for transformative authenticity often has a dark side.

Source: Aeon
Published: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Fuck Work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

Source: Aeon
Published: Nov 25, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,021 words)

Visiting Your Leg

Once a body part is removed from its original owner, who does it belong to? Scientists and bioethicists tend to disagree.

Source: Aeon
Published: Nov 16, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)