Reversed Aging, Pig Organs, and the Future of Humankind

Predictions for the future of gene therapy as told by the “God” of geneticists, George Church.

Source: Medium
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,974 words)

The Lifespan of a Lie

Dramatizations, manipulations, lies ─ the famous Stanford Prison Experiment proved to be a highly influential psychological study, even though it was hardly scientific.

Author: Ben Blum
Source: Medium
Published: Jun 7, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,628 words)

Hamzah AD 2018

Poet and essayist Kima Jones on her father’s death from diabetes.

Author: Kima Jones
Source: Medium
Published: Apr 23, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,979 words)

What Fullness Is

Roxane Gay on getting weight reduction surgery.

Author: Roxane Gay
Source: Medium
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,588 words)

Volcano Dreams

After being rejected by a flirtatious acquaintance, Gabrielle Bellot examines her pain and trepidations, realizing that years after transitioning, she needs to stop allowing others to define her and dictate what’s considered worthy of love.

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 24, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,785 words)

Aging Ghosts in the Skincare Machine

In this incisive reported essay written as part of Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies series, Chelsea G. Summers mines her own fears, writing about the skin as a battleground for many women terrified by aging’s effect on their birthday suit.

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 10, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,999 words)

Unruly Bodies

At Medium, Hunger: A Memoir of My Body author Roxane Gay created this excellent pop-up magazine, to be delivered in installments over four Tuesdays in April — “a month-long magazine exploring our ever-changing relationship with our bodies,” she writes. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do — to create a space for writers I respect and admire to contribute to the ongoing conversation about unruly bodies and what it means to be human.” She tapped 24 writers to contribute. This first edition features an introduction by Gay, and essays by Randa Jarrar, Kiese Laymon, Matthew Salesses, Keah Brown, S. Bear Bergman, and Mary Anne Mohanraj. To come in the next three editions: Carmen Maria Machado, chelsea g. summers, Kaveh Akbar, Terese Mailhot, Casey Hannan, Samantha Irby, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Kelly Davio, Brian Oliu, Mike Copperman, Danielle Evans, Jennine Capó Crucet, Megan Carpentier, Kima Jones, the writer known as Your Fat Friend, Gabrielle Bellot, Mensah Demary, and larissa pham.  

Source: Medium
Published: Apr 3, 2018
Length: 76 minutes (19,039 words)

The Mystery of Jesus, the Naked Hippie Dancer

During the last quarter of the 20th century, William Jellett danced at countless rock shows in the UK. From Black Sabbath to the Sex Pistols to Queen, he was there, holding cryptic signs and rattling a tambourine. You can see his skinny shirtless frame in countless photos and live footage. So who was he, and where did he go?

Source: Medium
Published: Jan 3, 2018
Length: 33 minutes (8,281 words)

The Theory of Visitors

Sam Lansky writes about dating and his conflicted feelings about love and relationships.

Author: Sam Lansky
Source: Medium
Published: Nov 10, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,527 words)

Something Is Wrong on the Internet

“Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatize, and abuse children, automatically and at scale.” James Bridle traces a profoundly disturbing digital trail through “industrialized nightmare production,” flagging a long tail of iterative violence that human oversight is powerless to contain.

Source: Medium
Published: Nov 6, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)