In Hollywood’s new blockbuster economy, the actors who portray superheroes are as interchangeable as the costumes they wear.
Friday, February 28
An essay on BR Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and the battle against caste in India.
Thursday, February 27
When its informant’s cover was blown, German intelligence destroyed his files. Did his handlers fail to pick up a violent cell that would eventually murder nine immigrants and a cop in order to preserve their asset?
An undercover cop targets an autistic teen as a drug dealer.
How good is Julian Newman, really?
Wednesday, February 26
A 16-year-old journalist goes on tour with a band on top. The article that inspired Almost Famous.
A triple homicide, the alleged involvement of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, and those caught up in the FBI’s ongoing investigation.
Kevin Roose, a writer at New York, has contributed to The New York Times, GQ and Esquire. His latest book is Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits.
"Google will give you away. I feel like one undercover book is all you get these days before the jig is up. ... Unless, like Barbara Ehrenreich, you legally change your name. I was not quite prepared to go that far."
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How four prisoners in solitary confinement launched the largest hunger strike in American history.
A profile of Eve Babitz – muse, writer, LA party girl.
Tuesday, February 25
On the dueling propagandists of Kiev and Moscow.