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Thursday, August 7

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Don't Be Afraid Of The Clowns

A dispatch from the World Clown Association Convention.

Friday, August 1

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The Ambush at Sheridan Springs

How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.

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Thursday, July 31

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How Did Bob Dylan Get So Weird?

“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.”

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Papa

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.

Sunday, July 27

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Pepper Pilgrimage

A gardener in Newark, NJ tries to grow the world’s best peppers.

Friday, July 25

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Burger King Is Run by Children

The CEO is 32. The CFO is 28. Their startup is the second-largest burger chain in the country.

Thursday, July 24

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Temple of Gloom

Why the second Indiana Jones was so dark.

Wednesday, July 23

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Islands in the Stream

An ode to the Bee Gees' strange, successful career.

Excerpted from Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé.

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Monday, July 21

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Kanye West: A Brand-New Ye

“Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur.”

Saturday, July 19

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Tempest in a Test Tube

Inside a high-profile Hollywood child custody battle.