The Year in Dinner

On keeping your loved ones fed, whether they like it or not.

‘You People Are So Patient’

2014 felt like a long, cruel object lesson in disappointment. Should we really have expected better?

The Year In Being Less of a Liar

On finally telling your parents you have romantic feelings for a fellow adult.

‘One of the Most Ridiculous Things That Has Ever Occurred in the History of the United States’

In this excerpt from Red Heat, Alex von Tunzelmann looks at how the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion changed the balance of power during the Cold War.

The Year in Catching Up

On clearing out your cultural backlog, one Breaking Bad binge-watch at a time.

How the Essay Was Won And Where It Got Us

From Leslie Jamison to Roxane Gay to Charles D’Ambrosio, 2014 was a perhaps uncommonly good year for essays. How did we get here?

The Year in Being an Engaged Person and Nothing Else

On the milestones that consume our identities.

2014 Is Not A List

On the insufficiency of numbers, black metal turned aggressively queer and danceable, and finding that certain brand of black cherry lipstick.

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Publishing Pop Daydreams

Anna Todd’s One Direction fanfic-turned-novel After lets readers indulge specific fantasies—not just through the fictionalized versions of celebrities, but through the author’s life as well.

‘How Did This Happen, and How Did I Not See It Coming?’

Over 900 members of Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple died on November 1978. Here, in their own words, are some of the people who made it out alive.