Selected Writing

Roy Moore, Abortion, and the Presumption of Innocence

Flip Benham, an evangelical pastor and anti-abortion activist, recently appeared on an Alabama radio show to speak in defense of Roy Moore’s sexual preferences. Moore, the Republican candidate for the state’s open Senate seat, has recently been accusedof initiating sexual contact with teen-age girls when he was in his thirties; the claims include allegations of sexual assault. One of his…

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Why Aren’t Mothers Worth Anything to Venture Capitalists?

Every society has its own signals—the hanky code, the safety pin—and in this one, it’s the bag. About the size of a Birkin, if a Birkin came in an easy-wipe microfiber most closely associated with drugstore umbrellas, and only in black. The fellowship of the bag provides a tacit solidarity, even an intimacy, however fleeting. Members of its…

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Can a Single Pill Change Your Life?

Can a single pill change your life?

MDMA, the active ingredient in the drug Ecstasy, has been reviled as a menace and even a killer. Now some therapists claim it can help light the way out of a traumatic past.

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You Won’t Believe What a Laser Can Do for a Face

Her friends saw enviably rosy cheeks. She saw 18th-century painted ladies. Her dermatologist saw a skin condition with an unpronounceable name. After a few false starts, Jessica Winter finally stops turning red. My facial features have never necessarily matched my inner state. My pupils are somewhat dilated most of the time, as if I’ve just…

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Daniel Day-Lewis: How the Greatest Living Actor Became Lincoln

The shy, soft-spoken actor on the challenge of portraying a man whom everyone and no one knows at once In the summer of 2011, the actress Sally Field began receiving text messages from Abraham Lincoln. “I’d hear that twinkle-twinkle on my phone, and he would have sent me some ridiculous limerick,” says Field, who plays…

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Cracked Actor

The film career of David Bowie. In the summer of 1983, a man calling himself David Bowie appeared on the cover of Time magazine. With his blond coif and portfolio of smooth platinum hits, this tanned and tailored crooner of what he dubbed “positive music” seemed a man apart from the shape-shifting, gender-melding ’70s pop…

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Absence of Malick

A new DVD of The Thin Red Line suggests Terrence Malick is as much a mystery to his actors and crew as he is to us. Even before it arrived in theaters at the end of 1998, the World War II drama The Thin Red Line was a film defined by unexplained absences. Its director,…

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