PIECES

"The World-Saving Reason Men Should Wear Shorts to Work" | Time Ideas
How a forgotten coming-of-age ritual became dangerously uncool

"Lincoln in the Bardo Explores the Mind of a Mourning Abraham Lincoln" | Time
A review of George Saunders' debut novel

"Why You Shouldn't Laugh at Donald Trump's Hands" | Time Ideas
Why jokes about size matter

"You Don't Need That Bag You're Using" | Time Ideas
... To carry that thing

"John Slattery" | Esquire
A lunch and two beers with the Mad Men actor before the end of his most famous role

"Blockbusters" | The Awl
A history

"Swaghili" | Esquire.com
A new language, inspired by a Kanye West lyric, co-created with the Game of Thrones linguist

"12 Roommates, 3 Couples, 1 Loft" | New York
Growing older in a Bushwick warehouse commune

"Laurie Fine Goes to a Castle to Tell the World She Didn't Hump the Ball Boy (Among Other Things)" | Deadspin
A dispatch from a surreal scene, during the 2012 Syracuse University basketball molestation scandal

"The Accused" | Jerk
New York State exonerated Roy Brown 15 years after his murder conviction. It was not the end of his trials.

INTERVIEWS

» Sean Penn, on skepticism and #MeToo
» Naoki Higashida, on life as a person with nonverbal autism
» Yuval Noah Harari, on the futures of identity, religion and uselessness
» Lionel Shriver, on cultural appropriation in fiction
» Aziz Ansari, on wisdom, sex, and Chinese food
» Andrew Jarecki, on understanding psycopaths
» Robert Mathis, on his NFL suspension and struggles with fertility
» Chris Bosh, on fried hot-dog sandwiches
» Earl Sweatshirt, on returning home and being a weirdo
» Tony Kanaan, on a life of misfortune and winning the Indy 500

BITS

» "Naked Partisanship: San Fran's Nudity Ban"
» "Lost in the Storm: Hurricane Sandy's Fatalities"
» "From: Barack Obama"