Secrets and Nightmares of the Teenage Circumcision Circuit

In South Africa thousands of boys are initiated into manhood each year, but all too often they lose far more than they gain.

My Boyfriend Tried a “Miracle Cure” For Heroin Addiction

We were both in recovery when he started talking about getting clean with ibogaine. But we both should have known there is no such thing as a quick fix.

These Gender-Nonconforming People Are Building a Safe Haven on an Appalachian Farm

Growing their own food and winning over their neighbors, they feel safer in rural West Virginia than they ever did in the big city.

My Not-So-Rosy View of the World’s Largest Redhead Festival

I was looking for a place to belong. Instead I found a weird, fetishistic group of strangers.

When a Magician’s Curse Swung Boxing’s Biggest Bout

In 1939, Tiger Jack Fox got his first and only shot at the title, and lost it thanks to black magic, a woman with a razor blade, and a manager with a knack for hypnosis.

Pilgrimage to the Site of My Mother’s Suicide

Mom died in a random parking garage. I didn't know why, but I had to see it.

He’s a Murderer With an Intergalactic Alibi. And She’s in Love With Him.

This is the story of a romance that just works — cosmic conspiracies, life sentences and all.

My Foster Parents Loved Me. And I Hated Them For It.

I needed the stability they provided, but I resented the hole I was supposed to fill in their lives.

Meet the Teenagers Who Started a Film Production Studio in Their Refugee Camp

Too many of the 185,000 souls here have given up hope of rebuilding their lives. These kids are just getting started.