After his son died of a heart condition at age 5, James G. Robinson planned a month-long road trip across America to help his family begin to heal. What they discovered was that despite all the amazing monuments and curiosities America has to offer, the best times were spent in the car as a family, enraptured by Harry Potter audio books, quintessential sing-along road trip songs, and a playlist curated for each state.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a beautiful new building with a rented artwork and a borrowed name — the museum needs time to develop a collection of its own. But what will be the character of this new collection, the first of its kind in the Middle East? In his review, art critic Holland Cotter reflects on what the museum does, and what it should do.
With a population of 127 million, Japan has the most rapidly aging society on the planet. Elderly individuals often live in extreme isolation, albeit only a few feet from neighbors on all sides, “trapped in a demographic crucible of increasing age and declining births.” Their fate? A “lonely death” where their body may remain undiscovered in their small government apartment for days (or even years) because family is distant both physically and emotionally, and friends have all long since passed away.
New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris writes about his ardor for Annabella Sciorra’s art.
A multi-media investigative report on the vast discrepancy between the actual number of Iraqi civilians killed by American-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS, and the number the coalition itself reports. In addition to uncovering likely truer math — for instance, while the coalition says 1 in 157 air strikes have killed civilians, reporters Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal claim the ratio is more like 1 in 5, a rate 31 percent higher — the report puts human faces on the air strikes’ victims and survivors. Threaded through the reporting is the story of Basim Razzo — who survived a September, 2015 strike on his home and his brother’s adjacent home that killed his wife, daughter, brother and nephew — and his endeavors to get the coalition to stop denying it had struck his home after mistaking it for ISIS headquarters. Included alongside the article are photographs and videos telling the stories of other strikes, their victims, and survivors.
Legendary long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad tells and owns her story of survival. By tracing the lifelong impact of enduring sexual assault at age 14, Nyad — now nearing 70 as an undeniable champion in every decade of her life — builds a powerful case for speaking out.
The New York Times interviewed 18 teen girls — all of whom were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria to become suicide bombers for their cause. Unwilling to hurt and kill innocents, these girls — some as young as 13 years old — bravely defied the militants and sought help from citizens and soldiers alike to remove the bombs strapped to their bodies before anyone could be harmed.
To pressure President Johnson to end the Vietnam War, nearly 100,000 people marched in Washington DC in October, 1967. The Times asked over 20 eyewitnesses to tell the story.
Farah Stockman profiles manufacturing employee Shannon Mulcahy during her last year at Rexnord, a bearing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana that moved to Mexico for cheaper labor. As Mulcahy trains the Mexican men who will eventually take her job, Stockman posits that American workers are not only losing their livelihoods but also their identities — the pride and self-esteem accrued from the specialized manufacturing knowledge accumulated over decades at work.
Race and the cutthroat music business played significant roles in Whitney Houston’s personal and career struggles, but Houston’s inability to openly embrace her sexual orientation seems to have played a role, too. This is especially tragic considering that Clive Davis, the man who signed Houston at age 19 and helped build her career, ultimately came out himself and would not publicly address the issue.