“When I choose, anoint, and burn a candle with my prayers scratched into the wax, when I make my prayers material, I convince myself that I can grab onto a power that will carry me through this life.”
With roots in apartheid-era conflict, waves of violence among municipal officials in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s second largest province, threaten the nation’s democracy.
Denied parole, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence challenged Rhode Island’s state parole laws, claiming they should have considered his age as a mitigating factor, and that he should now be offered parole. His case raises many questions: Shouldn’t the people convicted as children be offered parole as conscientious adults? Is it really fair to charge juvenile offenders as adults? Here’s a portrait of what rehabilitation looks like.
Here’s what happens when non-citizen immigrants commit a crime in America. It doesn’t involve the opportunity for a second chance.
Amy Wright interviews novelist, activist, and feminist Dorothy Allison on class, how poverty can influence a life’s path, the definition of a working-class heroine, and the role of women writers in literature.
In 1997, a sexually-frustrated teenager and 600 of his peers recreated the three-month Mormon trek through the wilderness: “Our caravans’ ‘provisions’ were just the heavy mounds of North Face bags full of acne creams and hair gels and body sprays.”
Long before cocaine became nose candy for white executives and Brazilian party boys, it was a sacred leaf. Andean people chew it. They drink it as tea. Now Bolivia is trying to market this indigenous stimulant in everything from cosmetics to sodas, and their president wants the world to know that coca leaf is not the same as cocaine. Will the world listen?
In this warm and lighthearted personal essay (and excerpt from a forthcoming memoir), writer Glynn Pogue recalls the moment in her pre-teen years that she found comfort and belonging with a group of girls in black, upper middle class Brooklyn.
Low-level nuclear waste, discarded from the experiments of World War II’s Manhattan Project, was dumped in two locations in the suburbs of St. Louis. Author Lacy M. Johnson chronicles the human costs of America’s nuclear arms race.