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)

Long Live the Group Chat

Aaron Edwards explores the function the group chat serves in the lives of black and brown Americans today.

Source: The Outline
Published: Sep 27, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,732 words)

The Unsettled

In Ubud, Indonesia, Jessa Crispin looks at the impact of next-generation expats — Western tech workers and “digital nomads” in search of carefully curated, long-term authenticity.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jul 13, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,789 words)

Two Brothers, Two Deaths

One brother died accidentally, hit by a police cruiser that was trying to pull over a speeding car. Three years later, the other was shot and killed by an officer. In each case, the officers who killed them were absolved of any wrongdoing.

Author: Paul Blest
Source: The Outline
Published: Jun 28, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,500 words)

How the Aztecs Predicted the Apocalypse

But then it didn’t happen. Or did it?

Author: Sam Kriss
Source: The Outline
Published: May 8, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,447 words)