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  1. the future
    Wild Speculation: A Series About What Comes NextWhat we’ll take with us when the pandemic ends.
  2. mental health
    The Therapy-App FantasyAn overwhelming demand for professional counseling has spawned slickly marketed companies promising a service they cannot possibly provide.
  3. cut covers
    Abby Phillip Asks the Right QuestionsMedia’s voice of sanity and clarity, in conversation with Gayle King.
  4. breonna taylor
    I Was Charged With a Felony for Demanding Justice for Breonna TaylorThe charges were dropped, but they were a clear attempt at intimidation.
  5. black lives matter
    A Conversation With Breonna Taylor’s Mother and SisterThe Cut’s new editor-in-chief spoke with Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and her sister, Ju’Niyah Palmer, about the past year.
  6. covid-19
    This Sexless YearFinally, the singles and the partnered have something in common.
  7. covid-19
    A Year of SecretsCOVID-era confessions, from ski trips to lovers to second jobs.
  8. style
    The Fashion Industry Can’t Seem to Get Enough of Carlos NazarioThe stylist did 14 covers in 12 months.
  9. style
    The Row’s Beige AmbitionMary-Kate and Ashley Olsen grew up to make New York’s most desirable clothes. But can even perfection survive the pandemic?
  10. second acts
    Jenna Lyons on Coming Out (and Being Outed) After 40“I was tumbling into love with a woman and I didn’t have any guideposts.”
  11. new yawk style
    Thank You, Dr. ZizmorThe newest fashion trend in New York is — unironically, hyper-specifically — New York itself.
  12. new yawk style
    The City Ate My ClosetAn utterly fractional sampling of some of the most-worn (and most-coveted) New York merch.
  13. power
    Alexander Wang Off DutyThe designer was famous for his partying. Now, he could become infamous.
  14. dream date
    Making Julien Baker BlushThe singer is too self-conscious for your compliments.
  15. covid-19
    All My Friends’ Quarantine Bubbles Are BurstingSuddenly, everyone I know is abandoning their pod.
  16. power
    Britney Spears Was Never in ControlWhy did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?
  17. crime
    What We Know About the Killing of Elijah McClainA scathing report by independent investigators says Aurora police “stretched the record to exonerate the [responding] officers.”
  18. asians in america
    Swallowing Our BitternessThe burden of swallowing anti-Asian racism is making America and me sick.
  19. power
    What Was the Wing?To the extent that it’s remembered, it will be as an artifact of the Trump era.
  20. mirror mirror
    My Stress-Induced Hair Loss Is Stressing Me OutEither my hair needs Xanax or my soul needs Rogaine.
  21. power
    Marilyn Manson ‘Almost Destroyed Me’Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco says her relationship with the singer left her with physical scars and PTSD.
  22. coronavirus
    ‘Even for the Rich, It’s Hard to Access’America’s wealthiest are discovering the vaccine is one of the few things money can’t buy.
  23. all work no pay
    I Really Can’t ComplainBut if I could …
  24. all work no pay
    A Common Theme for Black WomenUnemployment has been our disproportionate reality since long before the pandemic.
  25. all work no pay
    ‘We Still Need Accommodations’In the pandemic economy, disabled women face a number of obstacles.
  26. all work no pay
    Who Are We Without Our Jobs?A job doesn’t need to be a passion to give you a sense of purpose. What happens when it’s gone?
  27. all work no pay
    ‘I’m Bored Out of My Mind’The Cut talked to a flight attendant for private jets about being grounded by the pandemic.
  28. all work no pay
    Hey, Hun!In women’s joblessness, multi-level marketers saw opportunity.
  29. all work no pay
    ‘How the Hell Am I Supposed to Do This?’The Cut spoke to a single mother about having a newborn, losing her job, and becoming closer to her 10-year-old throughout a challenging year.
  30. all work no pay
    How Am I?I mean, I’m working from home while taking care of two little kids. And there’s a demon in my kitchen.
  31. all work no pay
    The Mothers Who Already LeftMy daughter’s diagnosis pushed me out of the workforce years before the pandemic.
  32. the body politic
    America Is Back, IndeedWith Biden, we’ve restored our country’s favorite tradition: basic, middling, white patriarchy.
  33. coronavirus
    5 People on How They Lucked Into a ‘Leftover’ COVID Vaccine“I feel like I got in through a side door.”
  34. reading the signs
    Good-bye to Trump’s Patriotic CosplayHe gave Americans of all stripes a chance to witness and play at masquerade. What will his supporters do with that impulse now?
  35. the body politic
    They’ve Been Calling for Bloodshed the Whole TimeIt’s not just Trump — some on the right have supported violence for years now; the party has built its power on them.
  36. capitol insurrection
    ‘It Was No Accident’Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on surviving the siege.
  37. power
    This Isn’t the Revolution They Think It IsSome on the far right say they want another 1776. But it’s a different, darker history that’s repeating itself.
  38. the body politic
    The Only Strategy Left for DemocratsAfter this week, the mandate is clear: Make people’s lives better. And stop trying to placate Republicans.
  39. psychology
    The Memory WarJennifer Freyd accused her father of sexual abuse. Her parents’ attempt to discredit her created a defense for countless sex offenders.
  40. cut covers
    Sarah McBride’s NeighborhoodThe new Delaware state senator is making history in her hometown.
  41. natural wine
    The Spectacular Rise and Fall of 2020’s Buzziest WineEveryone was obsessed with Valentina Passalacqua’s natural wines. Until the criminal charges against her father.
  42. first person
    All the Time I Wasted Trying to Please Indifferent MenThe way Christie Smythe blew up her life for love is harrowing, utterly bananas, and perfectly understandable.
  43. best of the cut
    The Cut’s 10 Most-Read Stories of 2020Including a viral sex diary, the end of millennial aesthetics, and the family YouTubers who gave up their child.
  44. culture
    Who Did J.K. Rowling Become?Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s-book author in history.
  45. power
    The Karen Next DoorA white woman calls the police on her Black neighbors. Six months later, they still share a property line.
  46. schooled
    Panic! in the PodParents who barely knew each other are suddenly running makeshift schools together. What could go wrong?
  47. afterimages
    Our Shared UnsharingInstagram couldn’t handle 2020 either.
  48. power
    Trump Lost, But My Brother’s Still in a Far-Right MilitiaThe Cut spoke with someone who knows what it’s like to lose a family member to conservative propaganda.
  49. cut covers
    The Cocky Prince of Quarantine ComedyJordan Firstman, Instagram’s premier impressionist, talks sex, drugs, and getting famous in social isolation.
  50. parenting
    The Children of QuarantineWhat does a year of isolation and anxiety do to a developing brain?
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