The authors of these pieces capture their ideas without inserting themselves in the events or addressing the reader directly. Third person uses pronouns such as he, she, it, and they.
All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.
The Greek philosopher Socrates contrasts two visual experiences to help his students discover Truth.
New Yorker staff writer David Owen explores some reasons why panda bears living in captivity have problems reproducing.
New York Times contributor Peter Andrey Smith examines new ideas about the types of tastes we may be able to perceive.
New York Times science reporter Donald McNeil explains how retrieving a lost wine cork led to a potentially life-saving obstetrical device.
Journalist TaNehisi Coates traces the history of systematic economic racism, from slavery through segregation up to contemporary housing policies, to support his argument in favor of reparations for African-Americans.
Kiri Blakeley, a contributor to Forbes magazine, defines the modern cat lady by exploring the connection women (and some men) have with cats.
Author Laurel Braitman explains that zoo veterinarians often treat problem animal behavior with the same drugs used in human mental health care.
Los Angeles Times reporter Marisa Gerber describes how the traditional quinceanera has evolved over the past 40 years.
In this piece from the Los Angeles Times, reporter Garrett Therolf depicts the resting place for a victim of child abuse.
Tips from Former Smokers, the US government's anti-smoking ad campaign, focuses not on the possibility of death but on the poor quality of life resulting from cigarette smoking, leading many smokers to quit their habit.
Author David Grimm explains how one natural disaster changed the status of American pets and the way we care for them.
Students often wonder whether they are getting their money's worth by going to college. The Economist examines the cost and return-on-investment of a college degree.
Award-winning writer and editor Jason Heller (of the science-fiction genres) evaluates a variety of formulas, or rules, for literary success.
Reporter Chinki Sinha describes the lives of women who work in a red-light district in Mumbai, India.
Film and television expert Jason Bailey explores the feminist impact of Cosby Show character Clair Huxtable.
Author Joshua Wolf Shenk classifies the attributes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney separately, and explains why they were even more gifted when pairing their creativity as a team.
Gay editor, podcaster, and blogger Zack Ford illustrates the distinction between transgender and drag.
What can an animal do if its owner neglects and/or abuses it? Charles Siebert, contributing writer to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, addresses that question as animal rights continue to evolve.
Are young people captivated by the sport of golf? Author Matt Powell says no, exploring the reasons for their lack of interest.
Writing for the Atlantic, Jessica Leigh Hester investigates the world of preppers, those folks preparing for the end of the world.
What is ultimate frisbee? In this article, author Charles Bethea explains the sport and why its players believe it belongs at the Olympics
Former Presidential speechwriter John Pollack points out the function of analogies in American politics.
English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood describes the global impact of Mount Tambora's 1815 eruption.
Jacob Gershman, who covers law for the Wall Street Journal, explains how a single adverb can change a court's interpretation of the law.
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Reporting for Rolling Stone, Molly Knefel explores a Los Angeles high school's response to increasing police presence.
When is it okay to put down a zoo animal? European and US zoos want their animals to have different experiences, which means that healthy animals sometimes die at the zookeeper's hands. Writing for Mother Nature Network, Laura Moss explains the differences in zoo philosophies.
Lauren Slater of National Geographic details the problems that exotic pets have caused their owners.
Essayist E. Tammy Kim follows the path of a low-income student from high-school graduation to college acceptance.
The staff of the AV Club list twenty-one examples of filmed entertainment (from the early twentieth century to the present) in which animals accidentally or intentionally came to harm.