The State of the Bestiary is Stable

Through personal history, the history of a company, and the history of games writ large, Chris Randle explores the enduring appeal of Magic: The Gathering, the trading card game which has persisted in comic shops, convention centers, and basement rumpus rooms for twenty-five years.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Aug 22, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,455 words)

The Fred Rogers We Know

Soraya Roberts mines the CBC archives to view the first images of Fred Rogers on television in 1963 — hosting Misterogers, a fifteen-minute black-and-white children’s program made in Canada — to get a deeper sense of the man who made it ok for people to be valued and loved, exactly as they are.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Jun 26, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,537 words)

Barbra Streisand’s Singular Women

Mayukh Sen looks back at Barbra Streisand’s career as an actress, director and producer — shedding light on the sexist double standards in Hollywood that have led to her being portrayed as “difficult” for the kinds of demands and expectations her male counterparts are never called into question for.

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Apr 23, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,789 words)

The Short-Lived Normalization of Breastfeeding on Television

When Buffy Sainte-Marie had her first child in 1976, she woke up in the hospital next to a basket of formula. As a Native American, she came from a culture in which best-feeling had been discouraged and even prohibited. So she decided to take the issue into her workplace, breastfeeding her son on an episode of Sesame Street.

Author: Mayukh Sen
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Jan 22, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,490 words)

Late Nights Online

For people who grew on the early dial-up internet, AOL Instant Messenger offered a safe place to refine their identities as they moved toward their grown-up selves. By the time AIM ended, most users could live all its best parts in real life.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Dec 15, 2017
Length: 17 minutes (4,427 words)

To Give a Name To It

Navneet Alang weaves together the story of an ex, his Sikh-Canadian family’s Christmas traditions, and the history of Punjab together to explain why baby names can mean so much, even if they’re just hypothetical.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Nov 27, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,529 words)

Anatomy of a Surrogacy

They wanted a baby, she wanted to carry it for them—for a fee. It’s a common transaction but illegal in Canada, and the system here leaves both parties vulnerable.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Nov 6, 2017
Length: 37 minutes (9,436 words)

The Man Behind Meat Loaf

Retracing the career of Jim Steinman, the songwriter responsible for some of the most operatic hits of the past 40 years.

Author: Corey Atad
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Oct 19, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,269 words)

The Last Days of the Leather Fortress

Besides motel rooms and swank LA mansions, where does hardcore porn get filmed? For the last ten years, in this San Francisco basement. Here’s a very NSFW portrait of Kink.com’s final week.

Author: Tina Horn
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Oct 11, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,958 words)

Magic Can Be Normal

In an effort to help her eight-year-old daughter see herself — an Asian American girl — in popular culture, Nicole Chung takes her to see Desdemona Chiang’s race-conscious production of The Winter’s Tale at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Source: Hazlitt
Published: Jul 18, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,560 words)