“I call it my asymptote of success,” she tells me, while I wonder what such a word could possibly mean. “An asymptote,” she explains as if she were the coolest college professor ever, “is a curve that comes close to the line. It’s infinitesimally close but never actually crosses the line. That’s sometimes how I feel my life has gone—that I come incredibly close to these things, but that barrier has yet to be crossed. I have understood for a long time that my trajectory was always going to be asymptotic, but my mission is to break the plane.”
Danielle McNally profiles the female Air Force missileers protecting the U.S.’s nuclear arsenal. There are now enough women in their ranks that sometimes all of the missileers on duty are female.
Using only topographical maps to navigate, a group of determined adventurers spent seven days driving the rutted back roads of the desert West, in the US’s first all-female road rally. It’s a hell of a ride. The terrain would eat most men alive.
After publishing a critically acclaimed first novel, Merritt Tierce reflects on the harsh economic realities that all but a few best-selling authors face.
Life on the presidential campaign trail with candidate Trump earned this reporter a barrage of insults, attacks and social media harassment.