Welcome to Hotel Millennial

Enjoy the bunk beds and the single bespoke clothes hanger.

Source: The Outline
Published: Aug 6, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,350 words)

How Prisons Are Poisoning Their Inmates

“Despite resistance from activist groups, state and federal prisons continue to be built in dangerous environments that imperil the health of inmates.”

Source: The Outline
Published: Jul 23, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,670 words)

One Man’s Mission to Bring Better Ramen to the Incarcerated

Instant ramen is one of the most popular items in prison commissaries, where food runs from awful to inedible, but the ramen is dangerously high in sodium. To save inmates from dietary issues and help the government save money on health care, one man has designed a low-sodium alternative. Time in prison showed him the way.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,361 words)

24 Hours At My Local Dunkin’ Donuts

In a bid to get to know the members of her community, Laura Yan spends 24 hours in the Nostrand Avenue branch of Dunkin’ Donuts in New York City.

Author: Laura Yan
Source: The Outline
Published: Jun 18, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,562 words)

My Dad Painted the Iconic Cover for Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung,’ and It’s Haunted Him Ever Since

With a handshake for a contract and a flat fee, a prominent realist painter created a problem that still bothers him at the end of his long successful career.

 

Source: The Outline
Published: May 10, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,648 words)

What Is My Dog?

Kelly Conaboy DNA-tests her rescue dog, Peter Parker in a bid to silence a know-it-all, loudmouth schnook at the dog park who thinks he can deduce Peter’s canine heritage at a glance. In Peter’s results, Conaboy gets a pleasant surprise.

Source: The Outline
Published: Mar 20, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,081 words)

The Universe Has Been Outsourced

The production of big-name, high-budget games increasingly relies on outsourcing (or “external development,” if you prefer) for the creation of 3D art, level design, and other game assets. Michael Thomsen visited one of the firms that provides this work, the Shanghai-headquartered Virtuos Ltd. Thomsen draws out the tension between the demand for such work and the possibility for exploitation it creates, as well as the role that changing profit margins in the video game industry play in exacerbating that tension.

Source: The Outline
Published: Feb 6, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,911 words)

How Video Games Demonize Fat People

Anshuman Iddamsetty interrogates why in video games being fat so often means being considered less than human.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,172 words)

Life After Vine

In honor of the looping app’s one-year deathiversary, Ann-Derrick Gaillot traces how Vine disproportionately stunted the career paths of popular creators in Vine’s black community.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jan 16, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

The Most Hated Poet in Portland

Why did the internet turn on this self-published poet? In the history of internet pile-ons, this one rates pretty high.

Author: Laura Yan
Source: The Outline
Published: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,336 words)