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the year of living with banksy
When I first moved to Los Angeles in July of 2013, I found a room for rent in a house on Craigslist. I soon learned the landlord, and the…
The Klan Comes for Me.
That we would still be fighting the Civil War over 150 years after that surrender is either a great shock, or entirely predictable…
My mom tried pot last year — finally
Now Cory Booker can legalize that shit
The quantified self movement may sound the death knell for deep thinking
Creating the time and space for rich learning experiences
In case you missed it
Why School Sucks (hint: it’s not because it’s “boring”)
Read the title. Now notice that I said school, NOT education. Yes, there is a difference.
White Night: An American Ghost Story
Zaron Burnett III
Medium members only
Sex makes babies
As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?
Are you a good person, or just insecure?
What makes someone a good person?
A Visual History of Trump Magazine Covers (Extended Edition)
NB: This is the second edition of this post, updated after six months of the Trump presidency. The organisation is thematic, but split into…
My Life Lessons in Rust Belt Racism
I was 17 years old and a junior at West Scranton High School when my boyfriend, Chris, took me to a summer music festival in Nay Aug Park.
Mistrust, Efficacy and the New Civics — a whitepaper for the Knight Foundation
Here’s what Chinese takeout menus can teach us about immigration
By Dolly Li
The truth about identifying as asexual in the Midwest
We’re just beginning to understand asexuality, but it isn’t anything new.
AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR FELLOW JEWS
To our fellow Jews, in the United States, in Israel, and around the world:
I Was Once An Impressionable Boy Scout
The first time I was called a nigger was at a summer Boy Scout camp when I was eight years old. I vaguely remember a kid that was a few…
Sins of My Forefathers
A Confederate statue and its connection to my family reminds me of the choice I must make
The Zen Of Thrift Stores
It’s how I meditate.
Why I’m Asking You Not to Watch Bachelor in Paradise
What was once a summer guilty pleasure has turned into the trigger that won’t go away.
White Supremacy Is Bad for the Jews. Let’s Be Bad for White Supremacy.
“…but is it good for the Jews?”
What I, A Millennial, Call Dogs
Medium members only
Liz Phair, Writing After Midnight
Steven Johnson talks to the indie rock icon about her creative workflow, the emotional challenges of collaboration, and why she’s always…
What Happened in Charlottesville was Terrorism
Charlottesville didn’t surprise me. But when I heard the news I scoured video and pictures for faces I might know on both the white…
Nicole Vallestero Keenan
North Carolina Monuments
Last weekend, I watched with horror as events in Charlottesville unfolded. Having served as North Carolina Attorney General for 16 years, I…
Governor Roy Cooper
Haunting, Haunted, Haunts: On Moving Home
As a senior in college, I swore I would do anything it took not to move home.