How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.
On Singapore’s attempt to create a more harmonious society using mass surveillance and data analysis.
An interview with Joan Didion.
From the archive: 10 of our favorite articles by Joan Didion.
Thursday, July 31
A profile of a doctor fighting Ebola in Uganda.
Shirley Dygert had never jumped before. Dave Hartsock jumped for a living. Neither of them knew what to expect when the parachute failed.
“After listening to him since I was a kid and seeing him live for—gulp—nearly 40 years, I think I’m beginning to figure it out.”
When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who’s really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway.
Wednesday, July 30
Behind the nation’s closed doors, with YouTube.
Previously: Paul Ford on the Longform Podcast..
Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for SB Nation, ESPN, and The New York Times. His new book is A Cuban Boxer’s Journey.
"He smiled at me and just to make small talk, I said, 'You know, you’ve got this gold grill on your teeth. Where did you get that from?' And he said, 'Oh, I just melted my gold medals into my mouth.' And I thought, 'I think I’ve got a story here.'"