Narratively

The Pen Pal Who Changed a President

When corruption threatened the administration of Chester A. Arthur, one ordinary woman put pen to paper. Julia Sand’s passionate letters caught his attention, and rewrote history.

My Secret Life as an Underage Massage Therapist

As my hands addressed their aches and pains, my clients shared their fantasies and fears with 15-year-old-me. Little did they know, I was dealing with family drama of my own.

The Diver Who Brings Up the Bodies

So many Indian farmers are killing themselves that bodies pile up at the end of one long canal. Gurbaksh Singh helps their families find closure.

That Time I Conducted an Autopsy Without Any Medical Training

I thought it was hilarious when my friend in medical school snuck me into the exam room—until I was asked to lead the procedure.

The Swift and Merciless Execution of Corrine Sykes

When a wealthy white woman turned up dead in 1944, Philadelphia wasted no time sending her black maid to the electric chair. But did anyone care about the truth?

My Secret Life as a Mysterious Multimillionaire’s Personal Assistant

It started with a simple Craigslist ad. Before long I was being sent on sketchy tasks, pocketing wads of cash, and trying not to think about where his money came from.

The 11-Year-Old Girl Taking Skateboarding By Storm

Sky Brown wowed the internet with her jaw-dropping videos before she even hit grade school. Her next trick: earning a spot in the 2020 Olympics.

Stand-Up Comedy Saved My Life. Literally.

I had a gun in my hand when I decided to finally give that open-mic night a shot. Seven years later, I’m a professional comedian.

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