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An essay on Beyoncé and her fans.

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On the appearance of an angel.

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A conversation with the author of Calvin and Hobbes.

Friday, April 18

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Investigating the burning of ancient books by rebels in Timbuktu.

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An execution in war-torn Cuba.

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On Silicon Valley's newfound interest in the weed business.

Previously: Mat Honan on the Longform Podcast.

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A season with the American Football League of China.

Thursday, April 17

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“In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”

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Why 18th-century French police obsessively tracked elite sex workers.

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Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, Southern schools have been resegregated.

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Barack Obama wanted to endorse gay marriage on his own timetable. Joe Biden had other plans.