How to Raise a Boy

Will Leitch’s father taught him how to shoot a gun because he “thought it was something that a man was supposed to do.” Now with a son of his own, Will is conflicted: Should he teach his son to be the best, to be a “golden child,” or should he teach his son that the world wasn’t made just for him?

Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,900 words)

Worst Roommate Ever

Jamison Bachman fooled roommate after roommate into believing that he was a respectful tenant who had a few pets and just needed a quiet place to stay. In reality, he was a serial squatter who drove his roommates into court and out of their homes.

Published: Feb 21, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,745 words)

Katja Blichfeld Gets What She Wants

A profile of Katja Blichfeld, the co-creator of HBO’s High Maintenance, in the wake of her coming out as a lesbian, and the amicable end of her marriage to Ben Sinclair — her collaborator on the show, and its star.

Published: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,796 words)

A Life Worth Ending

In this reported personal essay, Michael Wolff writes about watching his mother “dwindle” painfully between life and death — not well enough to live on her own in her final years, without tremendous intervention from her family and doctors, but not sick enough to just quickly die. He makes a convincing case against the medical establishment’s practice of keeping the dying alive long past such time as they are able to thrive on their own, leading to excruciating slow deaths that deplete families and tax payers.

Published: May 20, 2012
Length: 23 minutes (5,874 words)

The Plot to Bomb Garden City, Kansas

When some angry white male Kansans got tired of Somali refugees living in their little town in “God’s country,” they did the least God-like thing and decided to blow up their place of worship, to stop Islam’s destruction of America. These are men, mind you, who read Breitbart and believe Sandy Hook was a hoax, and they targeted refugees from crisis zones who now work at meat-packing facilities.

Published: Dec 12, 2017
Length: 30 minutes (7,598 words)

Maria’s Bodies

Nearly one hundred days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, at least half of the island’s 3.4 million inhabitants still struggle to survive without electricity. The reason: the hurricane was a natural disaster, but the way the government let Puerto Rico’s infrastructure degrade set this vulnerable impoverished population up for a manmade disaster. Without electricity, food and medicine spoil, clean water can’t circulate, hospitals can’t function, vital information can’t disseminate, and Puerto Rican suffering increases.

Published: Dec 22, 2017
Length: 32 minutes (8,031 words)

This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.

Rebecca Traister looks below the surface of this moment in which so much sexual misconduct has been coming to light, and finds at the root of it troubling, longstanding, gender-based workplace power dynamics.

Published: Dec 10, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,242 words)

Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Child. I Never Got the Chance.

In a heartbreaking reported essay, Jen Gann writes about raising a son who suffers from incurable cystic fibrosis that will likely lead to his early death, the midwife practice that neglected to warn her that she and her husband were carriers, and the likelihood that she and her husband would have chosen to terminate the pregnancy if they had warned her.

Author: Jen Gann
Published: Nov 26, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,813 words)

The Life and Death of a Radical Sisterhood

For New York Magazine’s site The Cut, writer Joy Press compiles an oral history of New York Radical Women, a group of theorists and activists who gathered for the first time in the fall of 1967 and, over the course of their existence, helped define many central tenets of late 20th century feminism.

Author: Joy Press
Published: Nov 15, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,163 words)

Regular, Degular, Shmegular Girl From the Bronx

Writer Allison P. Davis profiles New York hip-hop artist Cardi B., whose summer anthem “Bodak Yellow” unseated Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” for the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Cardi B. became the first female rapper with a number one pop solo hit since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

Published: Nov 13, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,773 words)