A New Class of Campus Satire

With shows like “The Chair,” a fresh group of storytellers are using college life to explore — and lampoon — privilege and identity.

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Returning to Istanbul, a Place of Competing Identities

When Aatish Taseer first traveled to the Turkish city, he was closeted and just beginning his writing career. This time, he explores revolutions personal and political.

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A Writer Returns to the Grand Canyon, This Time With His Mother’s Ashes

Thomas Page McBee first visited the national park as a child on a family vacation. Thirty-three years later — and 11 after starting testosterone — he finally reckons with his parent’s death.

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On Switzerland’s Mount Pilatus, a Writer Remembers

Maaza Mengiste’s childhood trip to the mountain didn’t go well. Upon returning decades later, she gains a new understanding of her mother’s life — and her own.

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What’s Behind Fashion’s Rediscovery of the Bare Midriff?

It might be that in exposing the waist, designers are also revealing their hope for a bolder and better future.

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On Strawberry Fanta and Other Treats Imbued With Divine Status

Whether because of religion, fad dieting or Instagram, humans have long made food offerings in the hope of connecting with the sublime.

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