You Are Now Entering the Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann
By Tom Bissell
Illustration by Gel Jamlang
I Slept Next to the Wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 -
As a Dutchman, the crisis in Eastern Europe didn’t really hit home. Until it did.
The Article That Told the World About the Holocaust
“There are some things so horrible that decent men and women find them impossible to believe, so monstrous that the civilized world recoils incredulous before them. The recent reports of the systematic extermination of the Jews in Nazi Europe are of this order.”
COVER STORY: Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League.
“I used to think that we needed to create a world where every child had an equal chance to get to the Ivy League. I’ve come to see that what we really need is to create one where you don’t have to go to the Ivy League, or any private college, to get a first-rate education.”
The Crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Is a Game Changer -
This conflict is now officially out of control.
Wildfires are destroying whole regions of our country. Let’s not just put them out—let’s prevent them from starting in the first place.
I wish that every woman whose actions and worth are parsed and restricted, congratulated and condemned in this country might just once get to wheel around—on the committee that doesn’t believe their medically corroborated story of assault, or on the protesters who tell them that termination is a sin they will regret, or on the boss who tells them he doesn’t believe in their sexual choices, or on the mid-fifties man who congratulates them, or himself, on finding them appealing deep into their dotage—and go black in the eyes and say, “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” —
This One Graph Explains What Happens When You Give a Child Migrant a Lawyer—And When You Don’t
A new study shows that Americans feel warmer towards Jews than any other religion.
In the 1830s, cholera was described as an “Irish disease.”
In the late 1800s tuberculosis was portrayed as a “Jewish disease.”
In 1900, San Franciscans quarantined Chinatown and threatened to burn it down.
In 2005, Lou Dobbs’s CNN show falsely reported that there had been 7,000 leprosy cases.
In 2006, Pat Buchanan claimed that that “clearly the illegal aliens” were to blame for the rise in bedbug infestations.
And now, a Republican is predicting a pandemic because of migrant kids.