More and Less Than HumanThe prosecution framed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, which helped seal his fate.
The Third ManThe Boston bombing, a triple murder, a mysterious death at the hands of the FBI, and the end of an American dream.
Putin Isn’t PanickingThe Flight 17 disaster is just one misstep in the Russian president’s wider war on the West.
“I Was My Own Person Again”The women of Pussy Riot made meaning out of a horrific experience in prison. Now, they’re launching another protest movement in Russia.
Do Russians Have a Death Wish?Authorities were warned of the attack on Domodedovo Airport a week ago, but they didn't beef up security.
“Paying Attention and Paying Respect Is All That Writers Can Do”Why PEN is right to honor Charlie Hebdo.
Crimea Is Putin’s RevengeOn March 24, 1999, the U.S. bombed Kosovo. Putin has been planning his payback ever since.
Putin, SnubbedThe Russian leader may release Mikhail Khodorkovsky to distract attention from Western leaders’ decision to skip his Olympics.
I Envy Angelina Jolie Her NipplesBut I’m glad I had a preventive double mastectomy eight years ago.
How To Read the Russian ElectionIf you are wondering which of the candidates opposing Vladimir Putin on Sunday is a stooge, rest assured: They all are.
Moscow in a HazeThe deadly fires have exposed a key problem in today's Russia: No one knows what's going on.
In Which I Learn a Little Bit About Why the Genetic Counseling Process Seems So Odd, and in Which I Also Start Learning To Talk About Breasts—and Cutting Them Off
The GOP Base Loves Trump It sees itself in his foreign policy belligerence, anti-elite agitation, and raw bigotry.
A Toxic Legacy Workers like Yvette Flores didn’t know their jobs in electronics manufacturing could harm their children. And the U.S. does tragically little to protect them.
One Thing Primates of Park Avenue Definitely Doesn’t Exaggerate: The Obscene Power of Designer Purses
The Silent Goodbye I might be dying. Should I tell my friends, or spare them the pain of saying farewell?
Geeking Out I write about some of the uglier aspects of humanity. Sometimes escapism is exactly what I need.
Don’t Go in the Water Why a nasty parasite is thriving in chlorinated swimming pools and water parks.