“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”
Monday, November 26
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was extinct. Then it wasn’t. The story of an uncertain resurrection.
In Colorado and beyond, a negotiated surrender in the war on drugs.
Sunday, November 25
He came home from Vietnam, wrote the novel that became Full Metal Jacket, was nominated for an Oscar and riding high. Then he got thrown in jail for stockpiling stolen library books, started drinking, cut off his friends and fled to a remote Greek island. He never made it back.
Saturday, November 24
In 1943, a young research scientist found a cure for TB. It should have been the proudest moment of Albert Schatz’s life, but ever since he has watched, helpless, as his mentor got all the credit.
The afterlife of 486 frames of Kodachrome II 8mm film shot by Dallas clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder.
Friday, November 23
Richard Gere, AIDS anxiety and the search for the “Original Gerbil.”
Why people stampede, and what can be done to prevent “crowd disasters.”
Thursday, November 22
The story of a rookie clinging to his dream, as told by his uncle.