Unraveling the layers of upstate New York’s most reclusive community.
On the Calorie Restriction movement, the scientifically-supported belief that the key to a very long life is to eat as little as possible.
Wikipedia entry for “Traction Park,” central New Jersey’s most dangerous mid-1980’s amusement park.
A lecture on attempting to quit people and stay home:
Why go out? Because if what we want more than anything is to attain self-confidence, health, energy, and peace of mind, we should stay in. We could be like little Buddhas, meditating and masturbating and watching TV. And we could imagine ourselves to be brilliant, and kind, and good lecturers, and good listeners, and utterly loving – and there’d be no way to prove it otherwise.
The decline and fall of Cabrini-Green, Chicago’s infamous public housing development.
On the difficult, “god-like” decisions faced by parents of transgender children.
A Yale student on why nearly a quarter of her classmates will end up working for Wall Street.
Ina May Gaskin and the battle for at-home births.
A young woman’s attempt to flee from the most religiously conservative community in America, and to take her daughter with her:
The critical battleground in the War Between the Grunwalds would prove to be niddah, or “separation,” i.e., when the menstruating female is considered “impure” and kept apart from her husband. “It isn’t just your period,” Gitty says. After a woman stops bleeding, she has to wear white underwear for seven days, checking constantly to see if there’s any discharge. Should spotting occur, the woman takes her underwear to a special rabbi who examines the color, shape, and density of the stain. It is he who divines when it is safe for the woman to immerse herself in the mikvah (ritual bath) and be reunited with her husband.
A profile of the Russian spy-turned-Maxim covergirl.
An attempt to recruit black students at Virginia’s most famous “segregation academy.”