A Sand County Photograph

The intentions behind the Nazi salute photograph seen around the world were hardly as sinister as they first appeared. But in Trump and Twitter’s America, as one small Midwestern town discovered, image is everything.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 2, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,700 words)

Beauty Tips From My Dead Sister

“You can design your face for years, paint it like an artist, but in death they’ll mess up your makeup. Wipe off that garish mask with damp cotton balls. Redo my look: Shadow my eyes, gloss my lips, apply some highlights and shimmer. My face will be too thin, the skin stripped of glow; the eyes will look snuffed out. Make it pretty enough to say goodbye to.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 27, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,498 words)

Dropping Out With Lil Pump

Underneath this rapper’s diet of weed and codeine cough syrup is a teenage boy living out his celebrity fantasy, a boy who is trapped in the space between his public persona and his eighteen-year-old self.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,443 words)

How Student Debt Dragged A Generation Down — And What We Can Do About It

“A social and financial divide is forming — between those who have student debt, and those who do not — that will have ramifications for decades to come.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 9, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,145 words)

Down the Rabbit Hole I Go

Twenty-three-year-old Indiana native Tomi Masters had only set out to work in California’s cannabis industry, so how did she end up dead in a Manila river?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 5, 2019
Length: 30 minutes (7,617 words)

I’ve Been Committed To A Psych Ward Three Times — And It Never Helped

“As Bly’s anecdotes, and my own, indicate, a primary feature of the experience of staying in a psychiatric hospital is that you will not be believed about anything. A corollary to this feature: Things will be believed about you that are not at all true.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 29, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,988 words)

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

“Burnout and the behaviors and weight that accompany it aren’t, in fact, something we can cure by going on vacation. It’s not limited to workers in acutely high-stress environments. And it’s not a temporary affliction: It’s the millennial condition.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 5, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,033 words)

Natasha Trethewey Wants America To Have A Personal Reckoning

On the publication of “Monument,” Natasha Trethewey’s most recent collection of poetry, Hanif Abdurraqib interviews the former U.S. poet laureate about “history echoing into the present lived experience.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Dec 8, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,492 words)

Is There Such a Thing as Ballet That Doesn’t Hurt Women?

It’s a beautiful but demanding art form that traditionally accepts only a narrow range of body types and movements, and normalizes physical injury and the devaluing of women’s bodies.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Oct 12, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,015 words)

My Psychic Mom Taught Me That People Don’t Want The Truth. They Want A Good Story.

In a personal essay about growing up in Bogotá, Ingrid Rojas Contreras describes her mother’s work in divination as important to her own development as a writer.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,004 words)