A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men

You have to seize power where you can find it. Some Black women found it in the pantry.

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Feb 14, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,125 words)

A History of Flavoring Food With Beaver Butt Juice

It’s called castoreum, and it does not actually come from a butt — it’s merely butt-adjacent.

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Dec 20, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,850 words)

M.F.K. Fisher and the Art of the Culinary Selfie

“First we eat, then we do everything else”: on the legacy of M.F.K. Fisher, food writers (or writers who deal with food), and the politics of what we eat and why.

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Nov 5, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,611 words)

First Twitter Gave Me Power. Then I Felt Hopeless.

She wanted a career as a writer, but the more time she spent building her brand for her growing Twitter followers, the sadder and lonelier she became.

Author: Eve Peyser
Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Oct 17, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,607 words)

A Day in the Life of New York City’s Subway Helpers

When New York’s complicated public transportation system gets delayed or overwhelming, commuters get frustrated and they complain. Now the Metropolitan Transit Authority sends special Customer Service Ambassadors into busy stations to help the lost, offer commuters alternate routes, fix MetroCards and offer a simple “I’m sorry.”

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Aug 30, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,647 words)

Native New Yorkers Reflect on the Death of the ‘Village Voice’

From love to rage to resignation.

Author: Eve Peyser
Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Aug 31, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,634 words)

The Man Who Lives Inside His Dreams

Grief takes many forms. In this case, an art house and a place to share stories.

Author: Joe Zadeh
Source: Vice Magazine
Published: May 9, 2018
Length: 22 minutes (5,694 words)

The Lonely Life of a Professional YouTuber

The London-based performer WillNE is a self-employed YouTube celebrity at age 21. Unfortunately, that success means he barely leaves the house.

Author: Joe Zadeh
Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Feb 22, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,971 words)

The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person

Writing about Chinese food lacks cultural context — in part because so few Chinese writers are given the opportunity to publish their stories.

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Apr 24, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,595 words)

How an Indigenous Neighbourhood Patrol Is Fighting Overdoses in Winnipeg

After the body of 14-year-old Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, members of the community took action. The Bear Clan Patrol reformed in Winnipeg’s North End neighborhood and started to walk the streets at night. Nearly three years later, over 530 volunteers act as “boots on the ground,” focusing on harm reduction by handing out condoms, offering rides, diffusing violent confrontations, preventing opioid overdoses by administering naloxone, and protecting the vulnerable to “get that village feel back,” as co-founder James Favel says. They’re “Trying to inspire people to care more about one another.”

Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Apr 5, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,014 words)