This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley

In this excerpt from Pao’s upcoming book, she traces her six years at the Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a junior partner and chief of staff, and the relentless harassment and sexism she witnessed as she rose to the top.

Author: Ellen Pao
Published: Aug 20, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,400 words)

Fashion for the 67 Percent: A Revolution in the Plus-Size Market

An article about the burgeoning business of plus-size women’s fashion. Author Ashley C. Ford also weaves in her own story — as a plus-size customer who often has a hard time finding clothes in regular stores, and as someone who was discouraged from her dream of designing plus-size clothes.

Published: Aug 7, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,787 words)

Now, This Is a Supermodel

A profile of the plus-size model Ashley Graham, who has appeared on the covers of Vogue and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and has become an ambassador of a beauty movement that celebrates the bodies of real people.

Author: Jada Yuan
Published: Aug 6, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,073 words)

What I Know About My Best Friend’s Murder

An excerpt of The Hot One: a Memoir of Friendship, Sex and Murder, by Carolyn Murnick. Murnick tries to make sense of the stabbing death of her childhood best friend at 22, in 2001, just eight months after they last saw each other.

Published: Jul 25, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,435 words)

What’ll It Be For The New York Diner?

Diners were once essential threads in the fabric of New York City life. Now they’re dying off. Their loss signals a fundamental shift in not only the city’s tastes and economy, but the city’s evolving identity and values. Thankfully, not all are giving up their 22 different hamburgers and 24 types of omelettes yet.

Author: Adam Platt
Published: Jun 28, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,990 words)

The Dirtbag Left’s Man in Syria

A profile of Brace Belden, a Jewish 27-year-old anarchist and former punk musician from San Francisco who spent six months in Syria fighting against ISIS with Kurdish rebels.

Published: Apr 3, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,546 words)

To Save the City We Had to Drown It

Kim Stanley Robinson, the utopian sci-fi writer with an eye towards climate change, set out to write a “comedy of coping” with his latest book, New York 2140, which is set forty years after the catastrophic flooding of the city from rising sea levels.

Published: Apr 27, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago

Can a man who tried to murder a president be rehabilitated?

Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 27 minutes (6,839 words)

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away

It’s a muted form of pink—more sophisticated than bubblegum, more luxurious than eraser pink—and it can be found on book covers, runways, Pinterest boards, cosmetics labels, and almost any Instagram feed. It’s been around almost as long as millennial-hating has been around, and it also shows no signs of letting up.

Published: Mar 19, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,900 words)

The Forgotten Black Woman Behind Betty Boop

The comic character Betty Boop is enjoying a renaissance, with new cartoons, a new trademark red lipstick, and women’s fashions on offer. Gabrielle Bellot explores the original inspiration for Betty Boop — a black jazz singer named Baby Esther Jones — whose signature voice and scat-inspired patter inspired not only Betty’s look, but her signature phrase, “Boop-oop-a-doop.” As Bellot says, Boop was far more than just a cartoon character — quite the opposite — as the first feminist depicted in animated film.

Published: Mar 15, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,978 words)