A Gamer’s Secret Life and Tragic Death

From The Atlantic. To his mother, David Hance was a shy, nerdy Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx who had an unhealthy obsession with video games. To everyone else, he was Allied—a world-class esports champion, whose boisterous live-streams garnered thousands of views. For years, Hance navigated these disparate identities with ease. But then, at age…

The Next Climate Refugees

From The Atlantic. “We were so terrified with the water coming into the house and the sound of the storm. In front of my eyes, the walls of our house collapsed.” That’s Geeta Maiti, a resident of Mousuni Island, part of the Indian Sundarbans—a 4,000 square-mile World Heritage site on the Bay of Bengal, shared…

The Right to Sexuality

From The Atlantic. Paul and Hava met at a performing-arts social event for people with intellectual disabilities. With the assistance of their parents, they went on a few successful dates. The connection was immediate. After some time, they decided to make their strong, loving bond official. The couple made each other so happy that their…

After Prison: What Happens to Formerly Incarcerated Women?

From The Atlantic. After Maryam Henderson-Uloho was convicted of obstruction of justice, she was sentenced to 25 years in a Louisiana prison. Ultimately, she served 13 years—more than half of that time in solitary confinement. When she was released, she felt dehumanized. “You see, in prison, you’re broken—mentally, emotionally, and physically,” says Henderson-Uloho in the…

What It’s Like to Be Intersex

From The Atlantic. “It was like a bomb being dropped into our life.” That’s Isaiah Ngwaru. He’s talking about the moment he and his wife, Betina, discovered their child, Tatenda, was intersex. Although they had been raising her as a boy, Tatenda had railed against the strict masculine norms in their hometown of Gutu, Zimbabwe.…

Are Parents Exploiting Their Kids on Social Media?

From The Atlantic. Many children growing up today will discover that their digital footprint began in utero and didn’t stop there. This phenomenon has come to be known as “sharenting”—when parents share pictures and videos of their kids on social media, creating an indelible trail of digital bread crumbs. “Almost all parents do this to…

What I Found in My Grandfather’s Amazing Journals

From The Atlantic. When Byron Levy died at 94, he left behind thousands of illustrations, paintings, and personal reflections, connecting three generations and lending him creative immortality. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/589807/memory-book/ “My Grandfather’s Memory Book” was directed by Colin Levy (https://www.colinlevy.com/). It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent…

The Kentucky Derby Reveals America’s Problems

From The Atlantic. A portrait of the disparate but connected worlds of workers and revelers at the fastest two minutes in sports in Louisville, Kentucky. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/589702/kentucky-derby/ “The Derby” was directed by Remington Smith (www.facebook.com/theremingtonsmith). It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The…

#MeToo Is Changing How Sex Is Simulated on Set

From The Atlantic. The growing demand for more ethical practices across the entertainment industry has paved the way for a new profession: intimacy directors. “There are no actual sexual acts that happen on set,” says Alicia Rodis, an intimacy coordinator for HBO who has worked on shows such as The Deuce, in a new documentary…

Pro-Choice and Anti-Abortion: Both Sides of the ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

From The Atlantic. A new short documentary seeks to understand the viewpoints of those who support and oppose increasingly restrictive abortion legislation, such as the “heartbeat” bill in Iowa. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/588958/heartbeat-bill/ “Heartbeat, Iowa” was directed by Emily Cameron. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online series of short documentaries from independent creators,…

Grizzly Bears Saved My Life

From The Atlantic. When Doug Peacock returned from his second tour in Vietnam, he was ready for some peace and quiet. He found refuge in the wilds of Montana and Wyoming, among the many creatures that have inhabited the mountains and the plains for thousands of years. “My companions ended up being grizzlies,” Peacock says.…

Holocaust Survivor Band

From The Atlantic. Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz, both Polish nonagenarian Holocaust survivors, endured dramatically different circumstances during World War II. Dreier survived three concentration camps; in one, a cantor created an impromptu choir in the barracks, and Dreier learned to play drums by banging two spoons together. Sosnowicz spent the war in a…