Letter from London
A Teen’s Fatal Plunge Into the London Underworld
by Patrick Radden Keefe
After Zac Brettler mysteriously plummeted into the Thames, his grieving parents discovered that he’d been posing as an oligarch’s son. Would the police help them solve the puzzle of his death?
Letter from Spain
The Woman Who Spent Five Hundred Days in a Cave
by D. T. Max
Beatriz Flamini liked to be alone so much that she decided to live underground—and pursue a world record. The experience was gruelling and surreal.
Letter from Iran
The Protests Inside Iran’s Girls’ Schools
by Azadeh Moaveni
From the start, women were at the center of the demonstrations that swept Iran last year. Schoolgirls emerged as an unexpected source of defiant energy.
Letter from Chengdu
The Double Education of My Twins’ Chinese School
by Peter Hessler
The President of China compared moral education to buttons on clothes. The girls’ buttons were wrong from the start, but they learned the more valuable lessons that two systems can impart.
Letter from India
How Dowries Are Fuelling a Femicide Epidemic
by Manvir Singh
Every year in India, many thousands are killed in marriage-payment disputes. Why does this war on women persist?
Letter from North Carolina
How a Fringe Legal Theory Became a Threat to Democracy
by Andrew Marantz
Lawyers tried to use the independent-state-legislature theory to sway the outcomes of the 2000 and 2020 elections. What if it were to become the law of the land?
Letter from Iskenderun
Turkey’s Earthquake Election
by Suzy Hansen
The disaster highlighted the corruption and authoritarianism of President Erdoğan. Can he finally be defeated?
Letter from Ukraine
The Hunt for Russian Collaborators in Ukraine
by Joshua Yaffa
As occupied territories are liberated, some residents face accusations that they sided with the enemy.
Letter from Tbilisi
Rereading Russian Classics in the Shadow of the Ukraine War
by Elif Batuman
How to reckon with the ideology of “Anna Karenina,” “Eugene Onegin,” and other beloved books.
Letter from Italy
The Crisis of Missing Migrants
by Alexis Okeowo
What has become of the tens of thousands of people who have disappeared on their way to Europe?