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Past articles by Michelle:

You’re Not Really Going to Move to Toronto

You can probably stop browsing those real estate listings. → Read More

Reunification Will Have to Bridge the DMZ and Massive Technological Gaps

Physicians in South Korea are working to understand the health issues North Korean defectors face, in preparation for eventual reunification. → Read More

Race in America Has Never Been an Either-Or Proposition

Zadie Smith examines the racially-charged work of Jordan Peele (black) and Dana Schutz (white), and the impossibility of drawing a hard and fast line between them. → Read More

Something Unspeakable Happened in Allende, Mexico

Seven years after a vicious drug cartel massacre, residents are still looking for answers about the fates of their loved ones. → Read More

Found in the Attic: A Decade of Climate Data on Somalia

The man whose environmental research could help restore stability to Somalia, Englishman Murray Watson, was abducted there in 2008, and hasn't been heard from since. → Read More

They’re Good Mangoes, Mao

Put. That mango. Down. Mangoes are for workers. → Read More

Schrödinger’s Convict: Actually Innocent, Actually a Felon

An "Alford plea" gets an innocent man out of jail, but keeps him on the books as a convicted felon. → Read More

‘Equality Keeps Us Honest’: Rebecca Solnit on the Ignorance of Privilege

"This is why I always pair privilege with obliviousness; obliviousness is privilege’s form of deprivation." → Read More

Sometimes a Tortoise Is More Than a Tortoise

Meet Fred. He’s cold-blooded, beady-eyed, a picky eater, and likely to outlive us all. → Read More

The Birth of a City, In Fits and Starts

Communities in Haiti are building their own post-earthquake infrastructure without the help of the government. → Read More

One Nation, Under God, With Liberty and Justice for Some

Although a lot about Donald Trump seemed antithetical to conservative Christianity, he got a larger percentage of the Evangelical vote than Bush, Sr., Reagan, or Carter. Why? → Read More

They’re (Almost) All Good Tweets, Brent

Matt Nelson is a college sophomore who took WeRateDogs from spur-of-the-moment joke to data-driven fav-machine. → Read More

The Tyranny of Free Time, or How to Be Bored In Fiji

Mary Mann lays bare what most travelers are loathe to admit: it’s just as easy to be bored in Paris or on Bora Bora as it is at home. → Read More

Viral, Yet Ephemeral: Death On Your Cellphone

China’s WeChat app has become a place to both mourn death and share graphic videos of the moment itself. What does this mean for a country where data is subject to government monitoring? → Read More

Playing Football to the Beat of Their Own, Literal Drummer

Gallaudet University has tensions between its deaf and hearing students, but the deaf football team brings the campus together. → Read More

A Life Measured in Swipe-Rights

Andrew Kay found himself on the dating market and the academic job market simultaneously, and takes us through the whole stressful, performative, soul-deadening process. → Read More

The Unnecessary Beauty of Ice Hockey

Kent Russell loves hockey. A lot. I don't, but Russell's writing about the game is utterly engrossing → Read More

The Sun Never Sets on Oppression and Dominance, or Why You’re More Aztec Than You Think

Aztec priests ripped out people's hearts daily as a sacrifice to the sun, and for Sam Kriss, the contemporary West might be a lot more like them that we think. → Read More

The Portrait of an Artist Who Flattered Donald Trump

Visiting Mar-a-Lago with Ralph Wolfe Cowan, who has painted celebrities like Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Donald Trump. → Read More

‘Because pretending was sometimes the only way to get through the day.’

A teacher helping fidgety students pass a rainy recess with a familiar game -- don't touch the floor, it's lava! -- finds that the ability to pretend takes on an unexpected gravity. → Read More