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The best $160 I ever spent: A session with a Black therapist

Dana Rodriguez for Vox I hadn’t realized how important for my mental health it was to talk with someone like me. Four years ago, during a sticky New York summer, I anxiously sat in the lobby of the clinic waiting to meet my new therapist. Glued to the torn pleather couch in front of the rattling AC (which did nothing to relieve the heat...

Joe Manchin won’t support a key climate program. Alternatives won’t be enough.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks to reporters in the US Capitol on October 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images The clean electricity program is “the backbone of the energy transition,” experts say. A key climate policy designed to phase out fossil fuels will likely be cut from Democrats’ upcoming reconciliation package...

The myth of the climate moderate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in front of the US Capitol on September 30. | Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images “There isn’t a middle ground between a livable and unlivable world.” After months of discussion and debate, Democrats are at an impasse on a raft of infrastructure legislation that could make or break President Joe Biden’s...

Where is the line between life and art?

Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth in Bergman Island. | IFC Films Bergman Island is a delightful anagram of a movie, and one of the best films of the year. Making art requires wrestling with ghosts. They’re inescapable. Specters of the artist’s heroes loom invisibly from some great beyond, peering at the scribbles or dances or paintings. Traces of...

No, the supply chain mess is not a war on Christmas

Earlier this week, Joe Biden announced a new effort to keep the Port of Los Angeles open 24/7. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Despite what conservatives say, Joe Biden is not trying to ruin the holiday shopping season. President Biden announced this week that the Port of Los Angeles would operate 24/7 in a bid to address product shortages in...

The case against means testing  

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) board an elevator after a private meeting between the two of them on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021, in Washington, DC. | Jabin Botsford/Washington Post/Getty Images Programs that use it can impose inordinate burdens on the people they’re trying to help. As Democrats weigh what to include...

In Lauren Groff’s Matrix, medieval nuns build a feminist utopia

Nuns attend Pope Francis’s mass with the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe at St. Peter’s Basilica on September 23, 2021, in Vatican City.  | Vatican Pool/Getty Images The National Book Award-nominated novel brings the swaggering brilliance of 12th-century poet Marie de France to towering life. The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.org...

The case against means testing  

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) board an elevator after a private meeting between the two of them on Capitol Hill on September 30, 2021, in Washington, DC. | Jabin Botsford/Washington Post/Getty Images Programs that use it can impose inordinate burdens on the people they’re trying to help. As Democrats weigh what to include...

The $5 trillion insurance industry faces a reckoning. Blame climate change.

Darlene and Grant Dupre sit where their house used to be in Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Louisiana, after Hurricane Ida made landfall this August. | Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters. They’re also shaping how we prepare for the next one. The water has receded and the embers have died down from many...

The Last Duel is a medieval epic about believing women, and it’s a mess

Matt Damon in The Last Duel. | 20th Century Studios Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s new collaboration with Ridley Scott misses what’s important about the famous 14th-century rape case. Unlike with other misfires of its magnitude, I can at least see what The Last Duel was aiming for. The historical epic, based on a true 14th-century event and...

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