ARTS

The creative spirit, and how it moves us.

One Boy’s Highly Illogical Behavior: A Twist on Mental Illness in Literature
by S.E. Smith
In his new book, John Corey Whaley tackles the subject of mental illness and challenges stigmas that keep many teen boys from seeking help with depression and anxiety.
Why You Should Watch an Uplifting Movie Tonight
by Sophie H. Janicke
Research shows meaningful films, in particular those that depict values of love, kindness, and connectedness, go a long way toward changing your worldview.
What Does a Feminist Mortician Look Like?
by Jennifer Luxton
Historically, when a man takes care of a corpse, he is a professional. When a woman takes care of a corpse, it’s a domestic task. How can we close the gender gap in the death care industry?
Humanizing Heroin Addiction: Photos of the Real Lives of Users
by Aaron Goodman
Can more balanced representations of drug users spark discussions on how to solve North America’s heroin epidemic?
In Photos: The Indigenous Protectors of the World’s Most Sacred Places
by Christopher McLeod
All around the world, sites sacred to indigenous people are besieged by mining, tourism, and other threats. Meet the groups safeguarding and restoring them.
Why Does Being a Man Require So Many Masks?
by Terrance Hayes
National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes writes about fatherhood and his own struggle to negotiate Americans' narrow definition of masculinity.
Politics on the Dance Floor: Reclaiming Queer and Black Roots in Electronic Dance Music
by Keith Barbalato
As the multibillion-dollar electronic music industry grows, artists and organizers are taking back the spaces and sounds of the marginalized people who started the genre.
When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery
by Derrick Jensen
For decades, poet-philosopher and radical environmentalist Derrick Jensen has warned us about the problems of civilization. Yet he’s a tireless activist with hope for the planet’s future.
New Film About Sex Trafficking Celebrates the Resilience of Children
by Jasleena Grewal
Filmmakers hope “Sold,” based on the bestselling young adult novel, will inspire empathy and action among young viewers.
Poor Families and Blue-Collar Heroes: “The Confirmation” is Keeping Hollywood Real
by Christopher Zumski Finke
“Nebraska” writer Bob Nelson on his new film and how economically depressed father and son characters are pulled from his own life story.
Danish Girl’s Oscar Loss a Satisfying Win for Trans Women
by S.E. SMITH
As Hollywood directors race to cash in on the growing interest in the trans community, the results aren’t always good.
The Untold History of Female Friendship
by Rachel Vorona Cote
To get an honest picture of female friendship, we must look beyond the familiar whitewashed stories in Western history and literature.
This Syrian Band Played Its First European Gig in a Refugee Camp. Now It’s Going on Tour
by Rebecca Collard
When the members of Khebez Dawle fled Syria, they never expected they’d soon be playing sold out shows across Europe. 
3 Ways to Bring David Bowie’s Spirit to Your Social Change Work
by Liz Pleasant, James Trimarco
David Bowie pushed boundaries, challenged norms, and helped pop culture become more inclusive. Here’s how to keep his legacy alive.
Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
by Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith
Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Here are 13 of this year’s most thought-provoking and useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.