‘I Believe in Love’: Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Final Year, In Her Own Words

Memoirist Elizabeth Wurtzel was working on this, her final personal essay, when she passed away on January 7th, 2020 from metastatic breast cancer. In the piece she reveals that as her health was declining, her marriage was unraveling, and that she was still wrestling with new information her mother finally revealed a couple of years ago: that her biological father was not the same man as the father she grew up with. With an introduction and end note from her editor and friend, Garance Franke-Ruta.

Source: GEN
Published: Jan 8, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,830 words)

My Semester With the Snowflakes

A 52-year-old former Naval officer enrolls as an undergraduate at Yale, alongside a primarily 18- to 22-year-old student body. Contrary to what his contemporaries expect, in the midst of tackling complicated ideas with his classmates, despite their differences, he finds he has great respect for his them — and they have great respect for him.

Source: GEN
Published: Dec 21, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,550 words)

Big Calculator: How Texas Instruments Monopolized Math Class

The $100 calculators have been required in classrooms for more than twenty years, as students and teachers still struggle to afford them.

Source: GEN
Published: Nov 25, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

‘If Andrew Yang Can Unite a YouTube Comment Section, He Can Unite the Nation’

“Yang very much wants to be president, and he’s got a plan to do it that’s both modern in design and relatively straightforward. He also has hats.”

Source: GEN
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,341 words)

Undercover in the Orthodox Underworld

“Here, in the parallel city, boys who have never heard of Sandy Koufax trade rabbi cards and tape beards of white cotton balls to their chins on the holiday of masquerades. In this city, where the old ways will always outlive the latest lifestyle, it is said that every outsider hates Jews, even those who pretend not to.”

Author: Dan Slater
Source: GEN
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,378 words)

How Do You Reclaim a Massacre?

Greensboro didn’t have a “shootout” and Tulsa didn’t have a “race riot.” But it took decades of work for language to catch up to history.

Source: GEN
Published: Nov 5, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,900 words)

Home and Away

A recent rule change allows American-born baseball players to go pro in Mexico—and they’re fielding a familiar backlash.

Source: GEN
Published: Sep 18, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

I Toured the ‘Brady Bunch’ House and It Did Not Go As Planned

To try to create more viewers from an aging generation who grew up on The Brady Bunch, HGTV created a show about renovating the Brady’s iconic home, but this 1970s nostalgia wasn’t all good vibes and sunny skies.

Author: Joel Stein
Source: GEN
Published: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,816 words)