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  1. feature
    The Oracle’s DaughterSarah Green escaped her mother’s cult 22 years ago. She still thinks about those she left behind.
  2. culture
    The Return of FOMOThe pandemic forced us to simplify our lives and look inward. Now it’s time to have fun again. That should be easy, right?
  3. fiction
    You Owe MeThe government’s system wasn’t made for couples like Dan and Sasha, but they followed the new rules anyway.
  4. encounter
    Michelle Zauner Is Not Quite Ready to RetireThe writer and Japanese Breakfast front woman is excited about the future of her art.
  5. reckoning with a reckoning
    Eavesdropping on $5,000 Anti-Racist Dinner PartiesTwo entrepreneurs have built a business dredging up white women’s shame.
  6. career
    When Your Business Is 100 Years Older Than YouMei Lum is the fifth-generation owner of Wing On Wo & Co., the oldest store in Chinatown.
  7. minding our business
    ‘What I Learned From Seeing My Business Fail’Three successful entrepreneurs on the wisdom they gained from setbacks.
  8. reckoning with a reckoning
    White People Are SquirmingEight writers on what happens when the people around you are suddenly forced to confront race.
  9. fiction
    Talking Around the Elephant in the RoomThey could publish books about bitcoin and black holes, but they couldn’t understand why it was important to have more diverse authors.
  10. last days of manhood
    Before I Came Out As Trans, I Tried a Men’s Support GroupSince I didn’t belong in the room, I could see this place for what it was.
  11. reckoning with a reckoning
    Stop Hustling Black DeathSamaria Rice is the mother of Tamir, not a “mother of the movement.”
  12. women in the workforce
    What It Takes to Make It in the Food IndustryTen women who run their own restaurants, bakeries, and catering businesses on finding success in a notoriously precarious industry.
  13. minding our business
    Survival Secrets From Small-Business OwnersSix women share the advice no one gave them when they were starting out.
  14. cut covers
    Where Would Food Be Without Padma Lakshmi?The food expert and author speaks with Sohla El-Waylly about this past year’s reckoning, double standards, and bringing inclusivity to the table.
  15. memory lane
    Life As a HalstonettePat Cleveland shares the true story behind Netflix’s new miniseries.
  16. book excerpt
    ‘You Must Play Basketball’He wants to see my moves. My Black athleticism will turn him on. But my body is a marionette with tangled and impossibly knotted strings.
  17. bennifer
    J.Lo and Ben Affleck Have Never Been Low-KeyThat’s what makes them perfect celebrities.
  18. science of us
    The Clock-Out CureFor those who can afford it, quitting has become the ultimate form of self-care.
  19. power
    Tarana Burke Is Just Trying to Do Her WorkA long talk about Black women, Me Too, and intentions with the activist and founder.
  20. the bigger picture
    Our Mothers, OurselvesMagdalena Wosinska’s family photos will make you want to call your mom.
  21. dream date
    Shrill’s Love Interest Believes in Queer-Strength SupremacyE.R. Fightmaster adds to the show’s pantheon of warm, thoughtful identity representation.
  22. first person
    My Mother in ThereThat was her, in an iPhone, a hospital bed, and my memories, free of her sickness for the first time in 40 years.
  23. black lives matter
    Who’s Keeping Black Children Safe?A recent spate of horrific reminders that the American system of policing has not been held accountable.
  24. book excerpt
    My Heartbreak WorkbookSomewhere, between my troubles and attempts to fix them, I will find myself.
  25. the office
    How the Office Has Become a Prime Site for MisconductIts very structure protects predators.
  26. first person
    Was That Racism?I ask myself this question almost every day.
  27. book excerpt
    What My Mother AteI remember her taste clearly because that was how my mother loved you, in subtle observations of what brought joy.
  28. the future
    Wild Speculation: A Series About What Comes NextWhat we’ll take with us when the pandemic ends.
  29. cut covers
    Andra Day and Angela Bassett on Black Joy and ResilienceIn conversation for the Cut’s April cover.
  30. wikifeet
    An Interview With the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to WikiFeetI tracked down Robert, a 58-year-old man living in New Jersey, and asked him: Why??
  31. mental health
    The Therapy-App FantasyAn overwhelming demand for professional counseling has spawned slickly marketed companies promising a service they cannot possibly provide.
  32. cut covers
    Abby Phillip Asks the Right QuestionsMedia’s voice of sanity and clarity, in conversation with Gayle King.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. covid-19
    This Sexless YearFinally, the singles and the partnered have something in common.
  36. covid-19
    A Year of SecretsCOVID-era confessions, from ski trips to lovers to second jobs.
  37. style
    The Fashion Industry Can’t Seem to Get Enough of Carlos NazarioThe stylist did 14 covers in 12 months.
  38. 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?
  39. 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.”
  40. new yawk style
    Thank You, Dr. ZizmorThe newest fashion trend in New York is — unironically, hyper-specifically — New York itself.
  41. new yawk style
    The City Ate My ClosetAn utterly fractional sampling of some of the most-worn (and most-coveted) New York merch.
  42. power
    Alexander Wang Off DutyThe designer was famous for his partying. Now, he could become infamous.
  43. dream date
    Making Julien Baker BlushThe singer is too self-conscious for your compliments.
  44. covid-19
    All My Friends’ Quarantine Bubbles Are BurstingSuddenly, everyone I know is abandoning their pod.
  45. power
    Britney Spears Was Never in ControlWhy did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?
  46. 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.”
  47. asians in america
    Swallowing Our BitternessThe burden of swallowing anti-Asian racism is making America and me sick.
  48. power
    What Was the Wing?To the extent that it’s remembered, it will be as an artifact of the Trump era.
  49. mirror mirror
    My Stress-Induced Hair Loss Is Stressing Me OutEither my hair needs Xanax or my soul needs Rogaine.
  50. 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.
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