Jacqueline Alnes considers the wealth, privilege, racism, and violence inherent in our relationships with U.S. National Parks.
They’re Good Mangoes, Mao
The fruit took on cult status in China after Mao gifted his workers a box of mangoes sent from Pakistan.
A Mystery Wrapped in an Engima, Then Shoved Under the Desk
Waste paper baskets: deeply symbolic, paradoxical items. Who knew?
The Mao Mango Cult of 1968 and the Rise of China’s Working Class
“Apparently, Mao didn’t like fruit. It was an easy re-gift.”
Before the Avon Lady, There Were a Bunch of Monks With a Bottle of Vinegar
Meet the lifestyle and wellness hawkers of 13th century Italy: the Monks of Santa Maria Novella.
The Existential Conundrum That Is the American Waste Paper Basket
“Until I read Paradox, I had not considered the possibility that waste paper baskets could be imbued with paradox, but Legrand has convinced me.”
When Medieval Monks Couldn’t Cure the Plague, They Launched a Luxe Skincare Line
Whether you were European royalty desperately seeking a cure for impotence or a working-class neighbor looking for the latest deodorant, Santa Maria Novella was the place to go.
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Here are five stories to kickstart your weekend of reading: Seyward starts us off with story close to her heart, set in her hometown of Greenville, North Carolina; Krista shares a remembrance of the longest siege in modern history; Peter recommends a deeply reported piece on Andrew Luck; Cheri takes us behind the scenes of […]
Best of 2021: Investigative Reporting
The journalism that made our jaws drop.
The Thriving eBay Cheeto Community
Uniquely shaped Cheetos go for big bucks online, but is anyone really buying?