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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.

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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.
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Head Over Heels

Inside Steve Madden’s shoe empire.

Tuesday, February 9

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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.

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Hammer in Her Hand

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

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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.”

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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

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A Final Appeal

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

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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
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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.