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Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
5th Jul

UPDATED!! The net’s best collection of articles and essays…

11th May

Young Women Are Convinced Motherhood Is Going To Suck by EJ Dickson - Working parenthood is going to suck, most of the time. You maybe want to reconsider your options…

Channel B by Megan Stielstra - For the first few months after my son was born, I called him The Baby… 

The Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Paul Ford - When it comes to IVF, in-vitro fertilization, nothing is normal. Your world is upside-down. Your doctor compliments your wife on her monkeys. Then, when every dollar and exertion has gone toward a single hour of hope, it begins to snow 

Forty Thoughts on a Fourth Daughter by Mark Oppenheimer - On becoming a father for the fourth time 

The Case Against Kids by Elizabeth Kolbert - Is procreation immoral?

The Case Against Breast-Feeding by Hanna Rosin - The actual health benefits of breast-feeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates…

Does My Baby Only Like Me for My Boobs? by Meaghan O'Connell - My tits are no longer life and death – they’re shifting back to their old role

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? by Jean Twenge - Deep anxiety about the ability to have children later in life plagues many women. But the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold. Here’s what the statistics really tell us—and what they don’t

I Was Pregnant, And Then I Wasn’t by Laura Turner - In the aftermath of a miscarriage, the loss of someone I never knew has been more devastating than I could have imagined

The Scary Truth About Childbirth by Kiera Butler - Having a baby left you with a horrible, debilitating, embarrassing injury? You’re not alone

27th Apr

Why Good People Turn Bad Online by Gaia Vince - Meet the scientists finding out how we can defeat our inner trolls and build more cooperative digital societies

Sad as Hell by Alice Gregory - The sadness of life online

User Behaviour by Michael Schulson - Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

A Nation of Echo Chambers by Will Leitch - How the internet closed off the world

My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage by James Hamblin - Even when a dentist kills an adored lion, and everyone is furious, there’s loftier righteousness to be had

Lab Rats by Clare Dwyer Hogg - We’re all part of the social experiment

The Machine Zone by Alexis C. Madrigal - This is where you go when you just can’t stop looking at pictures on Facebook

Is the Web Driving Us Mad? by Tony Dokoupil - Who cares if the internet is making us stupid, is it driving us mad?

The IRL Fetish by Nathan Jurgenson - The deep infiltration of digital information into our lives has created a fervor around the supposed corresponding loss of logged-off real life

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? by Stephen Marche - A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society

6th Apr

How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder by Philip Ball - What’s the difference between physics and biology?

Attitude by Margaret Atwood - You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality.

The Capital T Truth by David Foster Wallace - Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College commencement address: a stark but hopeful perspective on life’s fundamental questions

This Is the Life Annie Dillard - You enjoy work and will love your grandchildren, and somewhere in there you die

Why Go Out? by Sheila Heti - At home, you can wear your pyjamas. When you’re out, you could be snubbed, or disappointed. The scotch is not cheap…

Phoning It In by Stanley Bing - She gave me this long and involved story about a huge slight that was inflicted on her operation by some other entity someplace, and I was looking out the window and thinking, whoa, look at that BMW Z8

Scars by David Owen - A life in injuries 

Learn How to Trust Your Future Self by Jeff Wise - Being a human is hard. We know the sorts of choices we ought to make, and we earnestly intend to make them, but when the time comes, we don’t… 

How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett - You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours….

No One ‘Has It All,’ Because 'Having It All’ Doesn’t Exist by Lindy West - Look at me, “eating” my “cake”! And that “other” “cake” too!

23rd Mar

The Onset by My Ngoc To - When I was about six weeks old and still inside my mother, my milk lines formed…

About a Boob or The Hermeneutics of a Woman’s Body by Lidia Yuknavitch - Let’s talk about boobs 

Does My Baby Only Like Me for My Boobs? Meaghan O'Connell - My tits are no longer life and death – they’re shifting back to their old role…

Pointless Shame by Conor Friedersdorf - The English-speaking world’s issue with breasts

A Few Words about Breasts by Nora Ephron - I was boyish. I wanted desperately not to be that way, not to be a mixture of both things, but instead just one, a girl. As soft and as pink as a nursery. And nothing would do that for me, I felt, but breasts

Plus check out our 10 Great Essays about Body Image

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