The Trayvon Generation

“I believed I could keep my sons alive by loving them, believed in the magical powers of complete adoration and a love ethic that would permeate their lives.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jun 15, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,969 words)

A Window Onto an American Nightmare

“As the homelessness crisis and the coronavirus crisis converge, what can we learn from one city’s struggles?”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 25, 2020
Length: 37 minutes (9,471 words)

Missed Calls

Lauren Collins’ father died in March of leukemia as the pandemic began to unfold, forcing her to learn to grieve in a time of enforced isolation. This essay is a remembrance of her father and an exploration of grieving from a distance.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 4, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,423 words)

We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service

Coronavirus is helping GOP leaders achieve a long-held goal: killing the U.S.P.S., where writer Casey Cep’s mother has been a rural letter carrier for the last 38 years.

Author: Casey Cep
Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 2, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,722 words)

Blood on the Green

The deadly episode at Kent State stood for a bitterly divided era. Did America ever leave it?

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 27, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,654 words)

The Body Collectors of the Coronavirus Pandemic

“As the death toll from COVID-19 rises, the funeral homes and hospital morgues of New York City are struggling to keep up.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 22, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,692 words)

Grieving with Brahms

“There is enormous sadness in his work, a sadness that glows with understanding.”

Author: Alex Ross
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 16, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,555 words)

How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-in-Chief

Jane Mayer’s latest — on Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — is exhaustive, both in its scope and mendacity of the career politician, whose legacy is guaranteed to inextricably intertwined with that of President Donald Trump. Through nearly 12,000 words, the main takeaway is that McConnell might just be the most duplicitous politician in modern American politics.

Author: Jane Mayer
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 12, 2020
Length: 47 minutes (11,823 words)

A Missionary on Trial

“Renée Bach went to Uganda to save children—but many in her care died. Was she responsible?”

Author: Ariel Levy
Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 6, 2020
Length: 41 minutes (10,340 words)

The Life and Death of Juan Sanabria, One of New York City’s First Coronavirus Victims

“If you didn’t see him, you wanted to know where he was. When he wasn’t around, you felt it.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,428 words)