Features | Fall/Winter 2023

In our cover story for this issue, we explore our cultural fascination with weather. Why are we all so enraptured? One insight that emerges is the ability of weather to bring us together. As something that literally impacts every person on the planet, it’s a global shared experience. And that fosters a sense of connection, be it while filling sandbags before a storm or bantering at a party about the lovely weather we’re having today. That sensibility underlies many of the features you’ll find here, from our look at the current state of democracy to the documentary photography of Richard Ross. Each, in their own way, speaks to the power of connection to heal, to uplift and to unite.

What’s the deal with weather?

Rain and wind may come and go, but infatuation is always in the forecast

illustration of an American Eagle by Michael Glenwood

Democracy is more fragile than you think

The rise in authoritarian attitudes is coming from the right and the left.

Young black boy in juvenile detention

'I realized I was a conduit for their voices'

If pictures speak louder than words, Richard Ross’s photographs are nothing softer than a roar.

illustration of a skull

Altered States

When the brain leaves the body, does identity move with it? Depends on who you ask.

Black and white photo of Anna May Wong

Love Me, Love Me Not

The tale of Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star.