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“Thank you for a fantastic article,” wrote cancer survivor and self-described exercise “evangelist” Phyllis Dubinsky of Playa del Rey, Calif., in response to Mandy Oaklander’s Sept. 12–19 cover story on the healing power of movement. Dexanne Clohan, president of the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, called the piece “life-changing” but noted that she would have liked more attention paid to those with disabilities who also need “safe and consistent access to recreation and sport.” Meanwhile, Peter Billard of Glastonbury, Conn., lamented the lure of the ever-present home couch: “The exact opposite of mental, social, spiritual and physical activity and personal improvement.”


Some readers were upset by Jessi Hempel’s Sept. 12–19 article about her brother Evan, a transgender man who recently gave birth to his first son–especially the decision to show a photograph of Evan chest-feeding the baby. “The photo was very inappropriate,” wrote Sally Royal of Indianapolis. “How does he think his child will feel when he sees himself nursing at his father’s breast one day?” added Sarah Lohmeyer of St. Louis. But Diane from San Antonio saw it as “wonderful” that the “most beautiful process in the world”–the experience of giving birth–“has now been shared with a man.” Joanne Elliott of South Bowenfels, Australia, agreed, praising TIME for the “extremely moving and sensitive” article.


The LIFE name has always meant new ways of seeing the world. That tradition now continues with LIFE VR, a new virtual-reality experience that will feature original content from across Time Inc. Starting Sept. 20, dive into TIME’s exclusive VR companion piece to Ken Burns’ PBS documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. The experience, produced by VR Playhouse, will be available in the free LIFE VR mobile app at


Venezuela’s economic crisis is put into unusual perspective by photographer Carlos Garcia Rawlins, who captured its impact on the dogs (like Duke, above) at a shelter near Caracas. See more at


Hundreds of new terms–like the three below–have made their way into the Oxford English Dictionary. To learn more about them, visit

YOLO (int.)

“You only live once”; used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior)


Designating a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender


The activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the NCAA basketball tournament) and the winners of the competition’s stages, as depicted in a diagram representing the sequence of matches

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This appears in the September 26, 2016 issue of TIME.

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