During a rare opportunity to vacation in Hawai’i, Stacy Torres is forced to confront her status as better off than where she came from.
Zuckerberg’s Trash Is a Subculture’s Treasure
An entire subculture of Bay Area residents survives by reselling wealthy residents’ trash.
Honey Bees, Worker Bees, and the Economic Violence of Land Grabs
In this collaboration with Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Melissa Chadburn challenges her own belief that environmental justice issues are reserved for people of privilege.
A Visit to Opioid Country
In this personal essay, Aaron Thier contemplates the connections between privilege, addiction, and recovery.
An Interview with Sarah Smarsh, Author of ‘Heartland’
The author of “Heartland,” a National Book Award longlisted memoir about growing up poor in rural America, gives her views on politics, identity, and cultural appropriation.
Dorothy Allison on how Shame Defines Class
“What seemed to me life-saving was that I couldn’t lie. I couldn’t put a candy-coated gloss on anything.”
The Dangers of Renting While Black in Gentrifying Cities
Joseph Williams reports on the increasing vulnerability of renters like himself.
Evictionland: More and More Americans Experience Eviction, and Gentrification is Partly to Blame
In this essay supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Joseph Williams investigates the increasingly deft mechanisms at work evicting lower-income apartment dwellers in rapidly gentrifying cities, while chronicling his own descent from white collar Politico reporter living in a luxury apartment, to jobless, homeless man.
Maybe Your House Can Be “Most Congenial”
Richard Wallace considers his chances (not great) at being memorialized by a blue English Heritage plaque.
How to Get So Famous They Give Your House a Medal
What decides whose legacies get memorialized? Mostly richness and whiteness.