Essaying on the way white supremacy shapes life.
The life-long writer, teacher, and activist believed she could save a piece of land or a species, but after her brother took his life, she questioned her optimism and how to grieve for him and the planet.
When music writers are also music fans, they can walk a line between appreciative and intrusive.
Everyone has something to say about this mother’s body, career, and parental choices.
Hip-hop was a different kind of music that needed a different kind of writer to cover it. This is how Michael A. Gonzales came of age in a time when Black writers began breaking the white ceiling.
For many of us, road trips are also trips through the self.
Examining a peculiar attraction.
There are the marks lovers leave on trees and rocks, and the marks lovers leave on each other.
For one Wisconsin farm boy, Minneapolis will always be the city of Purple Rain.
Anton Webern’s Concerto, Opus 24 had the structure that was missing from one young musician’s life.
Struggling with trauma, sexual objectification, and self-harm, the teenage T Kira Madden found salvation in her close relationships with other young women.
In a tiny, remote Utah town, Lavinia Spalding learns the difference between longing and belonging.
Teddy Pendergrass was the R&B singer women wanted and who men wanted to be. And the one whose life-sized cardboard cutout stood in one family’s living room.
Reckoning with a religious upbringing means confronting religion’s role in oppressing women and people of color.
How one young man cut against the grain of American masculinity and freed himself from car culture.
Some fans prefer small club shows, others like arena rock shows, but do we care what the bands prefer?
One single mother’s journey to construct a sense of self that’s true to herself, not to other people.
After years of feeling hopeless and barely human, one talented writer manages to find her will to live.
When a young white musician gets invited to a house-party, the musicians he plays with show him a slice of blues culture many people assumed had died.
“If I couldn’t find humor in sobriety, I probably wouldn’t make it.”
One woman reconciles with her father’s death on her family’s property.
For one young immigrant, growing up Iranian in New York City meant raising herself.
When Haruki Murakami walked the long distance between his childhood home outside Kobe and the city center, he found a city changed by the great Kobe earthquake, and the constant spector of violence.
It was the place he came to feel wild, and I was ready to trespass into the world of men.
The seven stops on the bus lead one resident to an understanding about the way he views his neighbors.
Steven Church discovers his own fragility and limitations in these five discussions with his son.
One month after her father was arrested, Neda Semnani and her family were taken on a dangerous journey to be smuggled out of Iran.
The personal essays, original reporting, and collaborations that were our most-read stories of the year.
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in essays.
Raised by a single, independent mother, one young woman struggles with her familial inheritance and the relationship between self-sufficiency and social isolation.