The Nice List

Tales of sweetness and light by Steven Pinker, Mary Karr, George Orwell, George Saunders, and others.
9 stories

Unlike the characters on our Naughty List, these do-gooders better receive toys and candy come Christmas morning.

What If Zell Kravinsky Isn’t Crazy?

One day early this summer, a multimillionaire sneaked past his wife and four kids, drove to Albert Einstein Medical Center, and donated one of his kidneys to a total stranger. Now he’s making noises about donating his second kidney as well.

Reflections on Gandhi

The Secret World of Saints (Excerpt)

Inside the Catholic Church and the Mysterious Process of Anointing the Holy Dead

Dec 2011
By Editors Recommend

The Moral Instinct

Evolution has endowed us with ethical impulses. Do we know what to do with them?


Tamika Catchings will not let her niceness, or her near deafness, prevent her from becoming the best player in the W.N.B.A.

By Exclusive

A World Apart

In the hills of Virginia, six Trappistine nuns build a monastery.

What They Did for Bliss

They’ve come from the top of their fields, but for the nuns of Regina Laudis, a life of seclusion and simple spirituality is the ultimate empowerment.

By Exclusive
By Editors Recommend

Bill Clinton, Public Citizen

Africa is a shambles, beset by ghastly levels of disease and destitution. The author travels the continent with Bill Clinton, the man who’s doing everything in his power to make it better.

Dec 2007

The Kindness of Strangers

She found herself thinking the worst of people―until she was graced with an act of simple, unexpected generosity that changed her perspective.

Dec 2009