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Letter to My Son

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

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Sexts, Hugs, and Rock 'N' Roll

Hanging out with a new celebrity class: the teen kings and queens of social media.

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"The Conclusion of the Age of the Prophets"

Remembering jazz musician Ornette Coleman.

Saturday, July 4

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Sky High

On fireworks, and the “pyros” who practice the art.

David Grann on Longform

From squid hunters to catastrophically mistaken convictions, con men to Barry Bonds, a dozen of our favorite articles by David Grann.

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The Chameleon

Frédéric Bourdin was an imposter. His "trail of cons," for which he used five languages and dozens of identities, extended for years across Europe and America.

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The Man Who Saw America

A profile of photographer Robert Frank in his 90th year.

Friday, July 3

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The Chef Who Saved My Life

The author was living in a friend’s basement after a bad breakup, unable to eat. Then he had lunch with Jacques Pépin.

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What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired To Kill a Mockingbird

“It’s an old book!” Harper Lee told a mutual friend of ours who’d seen her while I was in Monroeville. “But if someone wants to read it, fine!”
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Raising the Dead

When deep sea diver Dave Shaw reached the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, he discovered the body of Deon Dreyer. Though Dreyer had been gone for 10 years, Shaw was determined to bring him back.

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A Long Walk's End

A fugitive spends six years on the Appalachian trail.