Gone Baby Gone

A new breed of online real estate speculator is capitalizing on abandoned properties and people who can’t pay their mortgages, and it’s bad for you and the country.

Published: Sep 19, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,741 words)

What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?

After giving up writing fiction at age 87, fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin has started a blog. Internet citizens may want to know: does she write about her cat, Pard? Why yes, yes she does — while examining the human condition, of course.

Published: Sep 7, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,734 words)

Nowhere Mag

For ten years, Monocle has successfully catered to the world’s status-conscious, globe-trotting elite by offering them exclusivity, materiality and identity. So does the rise of nationalism threaten a lifestyle magazine that treats the world as one big upscale mall?

Published: Jun 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,428 words)

Pew Research

Jeff Sharlet’s review of Frances FitzGerald’s new book, The Evangelicals, is itself an important history lesson on American evangelism and politics.

Published: May 16, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,682 words)

The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Warning to Conservative Women

Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel lays bare the horrors of collusion with the patriarchy.

Published: Apr 20, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,685 words)

The Fire Last Time

When the Detroit police department created an undercover unit to reduce street crime in the 1970s, Detroit’s black community quickly got to know it for its lethal force, disregard for the law, and systemic racism.

Published: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 36 minutes (9,236 words)

Amazing Disgrace

How did Donald Trump — a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator — hijack the religious right?

Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,671 words)

The Eye of the Beholder

Rorschach tests may have fallen out of favor among psychologists, but maybe their real value is as pieces of art?

Author: Merve Emre
Published: Feb 21, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,482 words)

America’s New Opposition

From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, the left has been reborn. Can it find a way to harness the populist uprising that brought Trump to power?

Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,785 words)

Breaking Elgar’s Enigma

How a former insurance adjuster claims to have solved the 118-year-old cryptographic mystery of a hidden message in Edward Elgar’s infamous Enigma Variations.

Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,179 words)