Essays

Public Picks 2020

Each year around this time we send our readers into summer with a thoughtfully curated list of the titles appearing over the past 12 months that dazzled, moved, and challenged us most.

Mother Courage

The summer I turned 17, in the springboard pause between high school and university, I began working as a nurse aide in the geriatric rest home and hospital run by my mother.

Distant TV

If television is giving you something right now, what might it be telling you about what you need?

A Man in Brussels

Storytelling about the European Union tends to be done by those aggressively disinterested in its survival. Isn’t that a problem?

Distant Sports

Stories—with video!—of some of the most memorable, gut-wrenching, or downright remarkable moments in sports history over the past 40 years.