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The Self-Made Man

The story of an American myth.

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Madewell’s authenticity problem, written by the great-grandson of the company’s founder.

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The Leftovers

Paula Deen’s martyrdom industrial complex. On a cruise ship.

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Zimmerman Family Values

Their paranoid existence more than two years after George killed Trayvon Martin.

Monday, September 29

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A Mobster, a Murder, and a Moll with a Secret

Nearly 70 years after Bugsy Siegel’s unsolved murder in Beverly Hills, a family finally comes forward: they know who did it.

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The Man Who Fought the Synanon Cult and Won

Under the cover of curing addicts, they beat and brainwashed their charges in basements across California. When a cult deprogrammer crossed them, he found a rattlesnake in his mailbox.

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Trial by Twitter

The murder of a West Virginia teenager by her two best friends.

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Before the Law

Sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder was accused of taking a backpack. He spent the next three years on Rikers Island, without trial.

Jennifer Gonnerman on the Longform Podcast.

Sunday, September 28

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The Final Walk-Off

An essay on Derek Jeter.

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It’s Silly to Be Frightened of Being Dead

The author, age 96, on the end.

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Crimetown, U.S.A.

The corruption of Congressman James Traficant.