Mark Neville for The New York Times

Mark Neville for The New York Times

Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South Korea

Laura Klunder’s newest tattoo runs down the inside of her left forearm and reads “K85-160,” a number that dates to her infancy. Klunder was 9 months old when her South Korean mother left her at a police station in Seoul.

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Stern J. Bramson/University of Louisville Photographic Archives

Stern J. Bramson/University of Louisville Photographic Archives

The Magician’s Daughter

When I was a child, storytelling took place in the basement, in the only room in my house that was ever locked. Inside, the air felt several degrees cooler and it smelled of talcum powder and stale cigarettes. From floor to ceiling, posters of magicians—most from the turn of the last century—lined the walls.

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Zoe Strauss

Zoe Strauss

Postville, Iowa, Is Up for Grabs

Around 10 on a clear May morning in 2008, two black helicopters circled over Postville, Iowa, a town of two square miles and fewer than 3,000 residents. Then a line of S.U.V.’s drove past Postville’s main street and its worn brick storefronts.

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© James Delano

© James Delano

Shutting Themselves In

One morning when he was 15, Takeshi shut the door to his bedroom, and for the next four years he did not come out. He didn’t go to school. He didn’t have a job. He didn’t have friends.

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DSC_1039I am a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program and a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Along with the NYT Magazine, my writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

I’ve won several journalism fellowships and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

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