Tuesday, July 31

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When U.S. customs law met abstract art in the form of a bird, “shimmering and soaring toward the ceiling while the lawyers debated whether it was an ‘original sculpture’ or a metal ‘article or ware not specially provided for’ under the 1922 Tariff Act.”

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The emotional toll on drone pilots.

Monday, July 30

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This isn't an essay or simply a woe-is-we narrative about how hard it is to be a black boy in America. This is a lame attempt at remembering the contours of slow death and life in America for one black American teenager under Central Mississippi skies. I wish I could get my Yoda on right now and surmise all this shit into a clean sociopolitical pull-quote that shows supreme knowledge and absolute emotional transformation, but I don't want to lie.
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A survey of sex on a Saturday night in New York City.

Sunday, July 29

The Longform Guide to Write-Arounds

A collection of profiles whose subjects—Frank Sinatra, Axl Rose, Matt Drudge, and more—wouldn’t cooperate with the writer. New at Slate.

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An exposé of extralegal killing.

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A profile of actress Christina Ricci.

Saturday, July 28

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When the Rolling Stones played Altamont.

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A profile of the actress and screenwriter.

Friday, July 27

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How the former Bush advisor is “reengineering the practice of partisan money management in hopes of drumming Barack Obama out of the White House.”

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The rise and fall of an antiquities collector turned grave robber.

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The secret is an exclusive 22-year-old archive of viewer-submitted clips.