“One year on from the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s still too early to explain all the whys of that which has been taken from us. We still need to name the what—loved ones, but also jobs, relationships, big breaks, last chances—and the what is vast.”
“It took office naps, rousing renditions of Motownphilly, and a whole lot of coffee.”
“Teens are dying by suicide at an alarming rate. Public health officials call it a crisis. Researchers have identified several clusters nationwide. The survivors in this Arizona community are fighting back.”
“Zoom school becomes a portal into worlds you never see as a parent making awkward smalltalk at pickup. You can hear a mom working a job doing collections for medical billing. Call after call. A dad who calls his sister on speakerphone. They fight most days. Grandparents asking how long it’s going to take. There are babies wailing.”
“Peter Bloch, Penthouse‘s then-executive editor: “It was the best-selling issue of Penthouse of all time. Hands down. A complete sellout in, like, two days. You couldn’t get a copy. So there were guys paying—and this is something I saw with my own eyes—a dollar for a peek. A peek!””
“I’m questioning the values on which this country thinks of itself as being based.” James Baldwin’s landmark 1968 interview about race relations in America.
The history and future of the American mail system, an incredible story from 2013 that is relevant once again.
If subscription-based businesses can let us use our time more efficiently, then why was this subscriber not using her time for anything more than scrolling through her feeds, imagining future life-optimization?
“In the days before he went into lockdown, John J. Lennon sent this dispatch from Sing Sing, on how the maximum-security prison was preparing for the inevitable arrival of COVID-19.”
One-time New York Post reporter Kate Storey takes a deep dive into the history of the paper’s powerful gossip column, examining how it’s adapted since its founding in 1977, into the age of social media and #MeToo.