Longreads

Peer Group

You can stare at something for a decade and still not see it for what it is. Like, say, your therapist, whose charming spiritual community might be a cult.

In The Air Again

My thirty-five-year love-hate-love relationship with Phil Collins.

Adrienne Shelly Will Take You There

The actress and filmmaker behind Waitress, who was murdered ten years ago, created as though she was on borrowed time and left a legacy that outlived her.

The Three Lives of Malvina Schwartz

Butches, Femmes, and Mobsters: Inside the world of America’s first drag superstars.

The Snarling Girl

Notes on—and against—ambition.

Who Gets to be An Atheist?

Some non-believers are working to combat white male dominance within the movement and make room for everyone to explore secular community.

Brave Dispatches

My response to sexual abuse and trauma had made people wonder. But the same response in the Ghomeshi complainants made people condemn.

The View from Madinah

When my family made pilgrimage to Saudia Arabia in my grandmother’s memory, we were struck by the state of faith and war.

How to Keep Running

Sometimes you wind up in situations you never imagined you’d be in, and you do what you have to to get out.

Best Sisters

The way we describe ability and care has changed over the centuries, but my relationship with Kiddo doesn’t need to be defined.