Failure & Success Contributors

Meet some of the people that helped create our Summer Issue.

Alan Gastelum

(Photo Editor)

is a filmmaker, photographer, and volunteer for City Parks Foundation’s Partnerships for Parks in New York City, where, since 2011, he’s been compiling a photographic archive of the East River Park.

Amanda Fortini

(“The Great Surrender”)

has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Wired. She currently lives in Montana, which inspired her story about the incredible power of the natural world. Next year, she will be living in Las Vegas, where nature will be a bit harder to find.

Eli Tetteh

(Serge Attukwei Clottey profile)

is a humanities lecturer at Ashesi University. A freelance writer and editor, he has been published in DUST and nKENTEn. According to Tetteh, “Attukwei’s workshop has the languorous air of a suburban rec center.”

Scottie Cameron

(Homily photo illustrations)

is a photographer with an emphasis on collaboration with designers and art directors. Known for his use of graphic compositions, he uses organic materials and store-bought objects in his works.

Timothy Goodman


is a designer, illustrator, and art director running his own studio in New York City. In 2013, Goodman, with Jessica Walsh, co-created a personal project called “40 Days of Dating,” which was recently turned into a book optioned by Warner Bros.

Lillian Suwanrumpha

(“Buddha’s Hand”, photos)

is a photojournalist based in Bangkok whose work has appeared in The Guardian and The Daily Beast. While photographing Bangkok’s red-light district for GOOD she was given an honorary stripper name Dok Bua (lotus).

Winston Struye

(“Our City is Devastated. We Are Not.”)

is an artist and teacher who works with underserved teens in New York City as part of the Slideluck Youth Initiative, and with teens internationally as part of the National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program.

Lara Vapnyar

(“Buddha’s Hand”)

is the author of two novels and a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s. She has destroyed many Buddha’s hands in her life.

Krishna Hari Dulal

(Cover Photo)

is a 19-year-old student living at the ROKPA Children’s Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. Says Dulal of the cover image: “I took this picture not only to show the effect created by the earthquake, but also to show the people brave enough to deal with it.”

via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

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Tektites, which are essentially rocks that have been liquefied from the heat of the impact and then cooled to form glass, help scientists spot the original impact site of a meteor. Upon impact, melted material is thrown into the atmosphere, then falls back to the ground. Even if the original crater has disappeared due to erosion or is hidden by a shift in tectonic plates, tektites give the spot away. Tektites between 750,000 to 35.5 million years old have been found in every continent except Antarctica.

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