Issue No. 03 | Rashomon

Theories of Relativity

We live in a world where up is down and down is up, where fact can be fiction—or the other way around. Our September issue, which takes its name from the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film, explores the concept of truth—personal truth, scientific truth, collective truth—and the way multiple perspectives can quickly become multiple interpretations, with sometimes devastating effect. Inside you’ll find stories on the subjective experiences of everything from a terrorist attack to childhood, power, puberty, and the beginning of human history itself. Sometimes what we see isn’t necessarily what we get.

ILLUSTRATION BY GEOFF McFETRIDGE

Cold Open

Perspective

The rhythms of everyday life in Atlanta, Georgia, from a number of points of view.

Genesis

Over the past few years, museums devoted to the theory of Creationism have sprung up across the U.S. We visited three to find out who goes there, and why.

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Death in the Terminal

This is a documentary about two crimes, in which one act of terror becomes another.

Watched our feature film and want to know more about the 2015 terrorist act? Context, context, context.

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Unwelcome Stranger

African asylum seekers in Israel are subject to abuse, harassment, and acts of violence. And that’s before the government even gets involved.

Death, Sex, Money: 5 Photographers On ‘Power’

The concept of power means many things to many people. We asked five photographers to explore and interpret the idea through visuals.

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Love Song

When an illustrator’s boyfriend asked her to stop drawing him into her work, a crisis unfolded. Whose story is it, anyways?

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Little Big Man

A late summer day as seen from the perspective of a young child and imagined by a photographer and mother of two.

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One of America’s most deadly school shooting is one you probably have never heard of.

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Off Topic

‘Rashomon’ and the Problem with Truth

We use the title of a 1950 Japanese classic as a shorthand for the difficulty with objective reality. But are we misunderstanding the film?

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What It Means To Be A Gyrle

A story of two experiences of puberty, one as a full-grown adult and the other as a teenage girl.

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One Sky

What happens when 88 artists paint the same night’s sky? A tapestry of blue.

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An Extremely Close Reading of Pop Song Duets

Ever listen to a song and think, does that even make sense? We took a magnifying glass to some of the world’s most popular he-said-she-said duets.

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There’s No Such Thing as a Free Watch

An artist goes deep, in all directions, on the where, what, when, how and why of a free watch.

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Panic at Penn Station

This past spring, a panicked crowd streamed out of Penn Station because of a terrorist threat. Except there was no terrorist.

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