We Can’t Comprehend This Much Sorrow

“History’s first draft is almost always wrong — but we still have to try and write it.”

Author: Teju Cole
Published: May 18, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,411 words)

‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of COVID-19 in America

“For the Zulu Club, a black social organization in New Orleans, Mardi Gras was a joy. The coronavirus made it a tragedy.”

Published: May 29, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,100 words)

My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore?

Forced to shutter Prune, I’ve been revisiting my original dreams for it — and wondering if there will still be a place for it in the New York of the future.

Published: Apr 23, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,831 words)

The Slur I Never Expected to Hear in 2020

As Coronavirus leads to a rise in racism, Cathy Park Hong, author of the essay collection, “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning,” reviews the history of slurs and hate crimes against Asians in America, and catalogues the growing number of them here and around the world — including her own experience of being called a “Chinese bitch” by a Latino delivery man.

Published: Apr 12, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,872 words)

I’m an E.R. Doctor in New York. None of Us Will Ever Be the Same.

Dr. Helen Ouyang reports from front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. “It’s no longer getting through this day or this week; we are in the deep now, the interminable. For doctors to survive this pandemic, we have to feel each moment — even if it makes each moment more difficult to endure.”

Published: Apr 14, 2020
Length: 43 minutes (10,800 words)

How New Jersey’s First Coronavirus Patient Survived

James Cai’s case was completely new to his doctors. When he grew severely ill, he tapped a network of Chinese and Chinese-American medical colleagues who helped save his life.

Published: Apr 5, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,243 words)

Exposed. Afraid. Determined.

In their own words, workers across the country who have no choice but to confront the pandemic describe life in a changed world.

Published: Apr 2, 2020
Length: 59 minutes (14,750 words)

Learning to Swim Taught Me More Than I Bargained For

In this braided essay, Jazmine Hughes contemplates her resistance to both learning to swim and coming out, and the empowerment each experience offers her when she finally surrenders to them.

Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,005 words)

What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick with Coronavirus

“You shouldn’t stay here,” he says, but he gets more frightened as night comes, dreading the long hours of fever and soaking sweats and shivering and terrible aches. “This thing grinds you like a mortar,” he says.

Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,227 words)

The Wing Is a Women’s Utopia. Unless You Work There.

Surprise: women’s empowerment harnessed to American-style capitalism delivers more inequality, and an Instagram wall can’t fix it.

Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,140 words)