The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees

Sequoias can live for thousands of years, but a single bristlecone in California’s White Mountains can live indefinitely. This gnarled tree species will outlive humanity.

Author: Alex Ross
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,244 words)

N.K. Jemisin’s Dream Worlds

In Raffi Khatchadourian’s New Yorker profile, N.K. Jemisin recounts the racism she witnessed as a child in Alabama in the ’80s, as well as racism — editorial and otherwise that she has lived through in her career.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jan 20, 2020
Length: 26 minutes (6,746 words)

Language Barrier

For migrants who speak Mayan languages, a grassroots group of interpreters is often their only hope for receiving asylum.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 30, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,960 words)

The Art of Dying

In this long, kitchen-sink essay, long-time New Yorker writer and art critic Peter Schjeldahl reveals that he is dying of lung cancer. He poignantly looks back at his life and career, and his history as a smoker.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,282 words)

The Age of Instagram Face

Jia Tolentino goes undercover into the world of plastic surgery, where everyone wants to look like an already-warped version of Kim Kardashian.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Dec 12, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,858 words)

The Quiet Protests of Sassy Mom Merch

A look at performative motherhood, where stress and alcohol play proud roles, and identity and commodity blur.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 27, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,120 words)

The Grocery Store Where Politics Meets Produce

It’s not the first piece written about the Park Slope Food Coop, but it is the most candid yet loving — an ode to the people who make it the combination oasis of equality and den of drama that it is.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 18, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,405 words)

Blood Gold

In Brazil, indigenous people and illegal miners are engaged in a fight that may help decide the future of the planet.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 35 minutes (8,900 words)

My Year of Concussions

Nick Paumgarten recounts what beer-league hockey has given him over the years: occasional bragging rights, countless happy sud-soaked memories, a feeling of camaraderie, and three concussions whose lingering after effects caused him to leave the game.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Nov 4, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,878 words)

Astrology in the Age of Uncertainty

“Dimitrov and Lasky [the Astro Poets] think of the signs formally, as ‘poetic constraints,’ and imagine them interacting like characters in a novel.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Oct 21, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,488 words)