Nshira Turkson
Nshira Turkson
Nshira Turkson is a former editorial fellow at The Atlantic.
  • Roland Stevens

    The Discovery of 148-Year-Old Shipwreck

    A team of shipwreck explorers have discovered the sunk Royal Albert in Lake Ontario.

  • Mike Hutchings / Reuters

    A Bill for the South African President

    The National Treasury ordered Jacob Zuma to repay part of the funds he used to improve his home.

  • Felipe Dana / AP

    The 10 Refugees Who Will Compete in the Olympics

    The IOC announced Friday that the athletes from Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo will go to Rio this summer and march under the Olympic flag.

  • James Akena / Reuters

    Convictions in the Ugandan World Cup Bombing Trial

    Seven men were found guilty of the 2010 attacks that killed 74 people.

  • Thomas Mukoya / Reuters

    Kenya’s Violent Protests

    Three people are confirmed dead in Monday’s demonstrations.

  • Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

    A Victory for LGBT Rights in Seychelles

    Parliament voted Wednesday to decriminalize same-sex acts in country.

  • Female Atlantic Writers From the '60s

    Our Aug 1968 cover features a nonfiction excerpt from Joan Baez’s memoir, Daybreak.

    We’ve made it our project over the next several weeks to uncover nonfiction Atlantic pieces written by women. It’s been a difficult process, since many of the early pieces are not online. But after (physically) digging through our print archives, we’re able to present the following crop of lady-journos from the ‘60s—and it’s quite an impressive group.

    During that decade, women in The Atlantic tackled everything from Castro’s Cuba to illegal abortion to Marlon Brando. Among the authors listed here are a Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian, an anonymous part-time secretary, a Harvard professor, a First Lady, and a famous film critic. (Like our first list, the authors here are fairly monochromatic—the majority are white and American.)

    • Eliza Paschall’s “A Southern Point of ViewThe writer and activist criticizes the Georgia legislature’s willingness to close down schools rather than integrate them. (May 1960)

    • Eleanor Roosevelt’s “What Has Happened to The American Dream?The former First Lady demands a re-dedication to the Dream in the face of Soviet influence, “the greatest challenge our way of life has ever had to meet.” (April 1961)

    • Martha Gellhorn’s “Eichmann and the Private ConscienceThe famed war correspondent reports on the trial of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem and sketches out “some of the lessons to be learned.” (Feb 1962)

    • Jessica Mitford’s “The Undertaker’s Racket An investigation of the funeral industry in the United States. (June 1963)

    • Mrs. X’s “One Woman’s Abortion An anonymous suburban mother of three talks about her search for an illegal abortion. (Aug 1965)

    • Pauline Kael (AP)

      Pauline Kael’s “Marlon Brando: An American HeroA profile of the legendary actor. (March 1966)

    • Barbara W. Tuchman’s “The Case of Woodrow WilsonA historian and best-selling authoragrees with Sigmund Freud that President Wilson was a tragic figure whose neuroses got in his way.” (Feb 1967)

    • Elizabeth Drew’s “Report: Washington One of her many dispatches during her run as Washington correspondent for the magazine. (April 1968)

    • Emma Rothschild’s “Reports and Comment: CubaA look at Fidel Castro “committing Cuba to an agricultural future.” (March 1969)

    A huge shoutout to contributing editor and Atlantic archives legend, Sage Stossel, for helping us with this list.

    But what about 1964? One work we were unable to digitize was “Four and a Half Days in Atlanta’s Jails” by Gloria Wade Bishop (now Gloria Wade Gayles), a prolific ​black​ essayist and literary critic. In that July 1964 piece, ​she​ gives a gripping account of her time behind bars after her arrest during a peaceful protest.  

    On to the ‘70s ...

  • Juan Medina / Reuters

    The UN, Morocco, and a Nearly Forgotten Conflict

    There are fears unrest could re-erupt in Western Sahara after Morocco expelled some peacekeeping staff in the disputed area.

  • Tiksa Negeri / Reuters

    What’s Next for South Sudan?

    Riek Machar, the South Sudanese rebel leader, returned to the country Tuesday and was sworn in as vice president.

  • The Big Canon of Nonfiction Writers

    Nonfiction writer Gay Talese recently caused controversy by struggling to name which female writers have most inspired him. On Friday, New York’s Ann Friedman responded by listing “one good piece of nonfiction by a different woman writer published in every year since 1960, the year Esquire first published Talese.” Her list includes three Atlantic pieces:

    • Martha Gellhorn’s “The Arabs of Palestine” from our October 1961 issue. (Several more of her Atlantic stories are compiled here.)

    • Elizabeth Vorenberg’s “The Biggest Pimp of All” from our January 1977 issue. (The byline was shared with her husband, James.)

    • Penny Wolfson’s “Moonrise” from our December 2001 issue.

    Friedman’s list also includes essays by Susan Orlean (“Figures in a Mall”), Samantha Power (“Dying in Darfur”), and Hanna Rosin (“The Madness of Speaker Newt”), all of whom have contributed to The Atlantic as well. For our May 2003 issue, Orlean wrote “Carbonaro and Primavera,” a travel piece about Cuba. For our September 2001 issue, Power wrote “Bystanders to Genocide,” based on a series of interviews about the Rwandan massacres, which begin 22 years ago last week. Rosin, our long-time national correspondent, has written dozens of articles for The Atlantic, most recently our December 2015 cover story, “The Silicon Valley Suicides.”

    Friedman’s list started in 1960, so we thought we’d take a look at our deep archive for some notable nonfiction works by women:

    • Charlotte Forten (Wikimedia)

      Charlotte Forten’s “Life on the Sea IslandsA young black woman describes her experience teaching freed slaves (May 1864)

    • Eudora Clark’s “Hospital Memories I & IIMemories from a war-time hospital (Aug and Sep 1867)  

    • Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “The True Story of Lady Byron’s Life” ‘She has not spoken at all; her story has never been told’ (Sep 1869)

    • Ida M. Tarbell’s “A Little Look at the People” (May 1917)

    • Pearl S. Buck’s “In China, TooReflections on the social and cultural changes transforming China’s young people (Jan 1923)

    • Helen Keller’s “Put Your Husband in the Kitchen” (Aug 1932)

    • Rebecca West’s “Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part IExploring the Balkans to see for herself why the fate of the Continent and of England has so often been threatened by the Powderkeg of Europe. (Jan 1941)

    • Helen Hill Miller’s “Science: Careers for WomenSome of the work being done in science both by single women and by those who successfully combine marriage and a career (Oct 1957)

    Most of our writings before 1960 have yet to be digitized, but thanks to Sage Stossel—our cartoonist, contributing editor, and general keeper of Atlantic archival knowledge—we know about many other early contributors of nonfiction, including food writer M.F.K Fisher, playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman, aviator and Gift from the Sea author Anne Morrow Lindbergh, second-wave feminist pioneer Germaine Greer, and the choreographer and dancer Agnes de Mille (whom we recently noted for International Women’s Day).

    As Friedman says for her list, ours is just a start. So in the coming weeks, we’re planning to dig into our post-1960 archive to surface and digitize some of our best nonfiction writing by female writers and take a closer look at its diversity or lack thereof. If you’re a long-time Atlantic reader and have any favorite pieces that left a big impression on you, please let us know: hello@theatlantic.com.

  • Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

    A Setback for South Africa’s President

    The country’s highest court ruled that Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he used $15 million in state funds to upgrade his private estate.

  • Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

    Nigeria’s Mission to Free Boko Haram’s Hostages

    Nigerian troops have freed hundreds of hostages held by the militant Islamist group.

  • Noor Khamis / Reuters

    Uber’s Troubled Kenyan Expansion

    The company began services in Mombasa last week amid protests.

  • Omar Faruk / Reuters

    The Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia

    Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke joined more than 1 million supporters in a campaign to end the practice in a country where it’s widely practiced.

  • Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

    The Nigerian Oil Company’s Missing Billions

    A government audit says $16 billion is missing.

  • Pascal Rossignol / Reuters

    The Dismantling of a European Migrant Camp

    Workers took down makeshift homes Monday that had provided refuge for migrants in Calais, France.

  • James Akena / Reuters

    ​A Social-Media Shutdown in Uganda’s Presidential Election

    Citizens voted Thursday in a process that is already being called fraudulent.

  • Vincent Yu / AP

    A Riot in Hong Kong

    Fifty-four people were arrested and dozens injured in clashes that began after police tried to clear hawkers from the streets on the first night of Chinese New Year.

  • The Atlantic in Nature

    Fall foliage is reflected in the water at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. (Brian Snyder / Reuters)

    Our magazine has always been something of a meditation on nature: the solitude within it, the divinity of soil, the necessity of the national parks, on apples, on birdsong, on green—all running through The Atlantic’s 159 years. Each generation, every century, someone is walking through the woods.

    In 1981, Gretel Ehrlich brought to Atlantic readers the solace of open spaces in Wyoming. In 1937, Rachel Carson wrote an essay, “Undersea,” that became her first book, Under the Sea-Wind. John Burroughs camped with Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Over and over again there was John Muir, father of American environmentalism, fathering in August 1897. Wilson Flagg listened to the birds in 1858. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who co-founded The Atlantic in 1857, covered country life and his friend Henry David Thoreau—the O.G. woods-walker, who wrote famously and quite literally on walking.

    This month, the magazine features a Will Deresiewicz essay on Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning nature writer:

    Dillard declared her arrival, at the age of 28—brash and bold and talented beyond belief—with Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974). The book was unabashed about its lineage.

  • Alan Rickman's Extraordinary Legacy, Cont'd

    The Atlantic

    I’ll remember him, always, as Snape. His career stretches further than the Harry Potter films, but there is just something unforgettable about him moving through Hogwarts’s halls—the all black, the villainy in his cloak swelling around his ankles like a shadow. All his love hidden until the very end.

    A lesser-known film role for Rickman was Franz Anton Mesmer, the famous German physician with controversial healing methods. In a review of Mesmer in the February 1998 issue of The Atlantic, Lloyd Rose reveled in Rickman’s brilliance:

    Rickman is always a strong screen presence, but he’s hard to classify. You can relegate most actors either to the string section or to the brass, but Rickman somehow combines a dark, sonorous tone with something haunting and faraway, as if he’d mixed a cello with a French horn. His specialty is fusing opposing traits: he’s mannered yet honest, too much yet reserved, bored and curious, high-strung and animal-still.

    This sort of complexity isn’t always useful to an actor, but it’s invaluable in roles that call for genius or mysticism. And certainly Rickman has all the equipment required to play Mesmer: charisma, intelligence, sensuality, pride, and what one critic called “the face of a Magus”—anachronistic features that make him look at home in an earlier century. (He made his reputation in a play with an eighteenth-century setting, Les Liaisons Dangereuses.)