“The singer-songwriter believes that we are deeply flawed, impermanent creatures who can sometimes do extraordinary things.”
The New Yorker
Will the Ozempic Era Change How We Think About Being Fat and Thin?
“A popular, growing class of drugs for obesity and diabetes could, in an ideal world, help us see that metabolism and appetite are biological facts, not moral choices.”
Hip-Hop at Fifty: An Elegy
“A generation is still dying younger than it should—this time, of ‘natural causes.'”
The Little-Known World of Caterpillars
“An entomologist races to find them before they disappear.”
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
This week’s top stories by Elizabeth Whitman, David Grann, Jack Stilgoe, Gloria Liu, and Tony Rehagen.
A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder
“The only impartial witness was the sun.”
ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web
“OpenAI’s chatbot offers paraphrases, whereas Google offers quotes. Which do we prefer?”
The Dubious Rise of Imposter Syndrome
“The impostor begins to do everything possible to prevent being discovered in her self-perceived deficiencies.”
“As occupied territories are liberated, some residents face accusations that they sided with the enemy.”
Can 3-D Printing Help Solve the Housing Crisis?
“Standard construction can be slow, costly, and inefficient. Machines might do it better.”