You Can Train Your Body Into Thinking It’s Had Medicine

On the profound power of the placebo.

Pamela Colloff on Longform

From a Neiman Marcus cosmetics counter in Dallas to a ghost haunting a high school in West Texas, the state’s gay marriage fight to the National Magazine Award-winning saga of Michael Morton — browse our complete archive of articles by Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff.


Unholy Act

Decades after the body of beauty queen Irene Garza was pulled from an irrigation canal, there is still only one suspect: John Feit, the priest who heard her final confession.

Update 2/10/16: More than 55 years after the murder, Feit has been arrested.

Head Over Heels

Inside Steve Madden’s shoe empire.

Tuesday, February 9


This Drug-Fueled Multimillion Dollar Supermodel Snowpocalypse Has Been Fashion's Best-Kept Secret Since '77

The idea was to shoot a Neiman Marcus fur catalog in the Andes mountains, not get stranded on them.


Hammer in Her Hand

At 76, Atlanta’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins still lives for the blues.


Chirlane McCray and the Limits of First-Ladyship

What two years in Gracie Mansion have meant for a woman who aspired to be the “voice for the forgotten voices.”


The Ponzi State

“Florida, in some ways, resembles a modern Ponzi scheme. Everything is fine for me if a thousand newcomers come tomorrow. The problem is…no one knew what would happen if they stopped coming.”

Monday, February 8


A Final Appeal

Twenty years ago, Brian Peixoto was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son. But is he innocent?


Can Surfing Reprogram the Veteran’s Brain?

An ex-SEAL turns to “ocean therapy” to cope with chronic pain and PTSD.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Surfing

The NYPD Is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even if They Haven’t Committed a Crime

How cops are using nuisance abatement actions to put New Yorkers on the streets.