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"What the 39,933 Items on Peter Matthiessen’s Computer Mean for the Art of Biography"
On the uncertain future histories of our digital selves.
Python wars: the snake epidemic eating away at Florida
There are tens of thousands of pythons in the Florida wild, attacking animals and damaging ecosystems — and the quest to stop them has become a collective crusade.
"The Ayahuasca King" — The Guardian
The writer Peter Gorman’s Amazon expeditions draw guests aiming to ‘clear up ailments’ and ‘solve mid-life crises’ – and drugs are key to the transformative experience.
In the era of streaming TV, who needs title sequences?
"Beachcomber" — The New Yorker
An exiled asylum seeker reflects on a life lived on beaches in Iran and Australia.
"Turning Bridges into Music" — The New Yorker
Di Mainstone has used an invention she calls the Human Harp to turn bridges around the world into giant instruments.
"Thinking Like a Mountain" — The Paris Review
How Aldo Leopold came to conservation.
A meditation on being eaten.
Why queer history matters: Discovering a box of artifacts from 1963.
"Making Grindr Kinder" — Slate
In a “no fats, no femmes” culture, could encouraging kindness on hookup apps be radical?
"AIDS and the Creative Industries" — The Daily Beast
The designer Tommy Nutter, who died of AIDS, reminds the author of the cultural figures who also died of the disease—not forgotten, but not remembered as well as they should be.
An encounter with Rwanda's mountain gorillas.
"Safari of Small Things" — Qantas
A walk through west Kenya with some Samburu warriors.
"A Very Efficient Weapon" — Slate
Young, homeless, and transgender in New York City: A marginalized troupe takes center stage in the fight against oppression.