At various points, Thomas Mitchell was a novelist, an attorney, a scientist, a Hollywood dealmaker and a CIA higher-up. He was also a con man.
Sunday, November 4
How a Tulsa preacher used direct mail to create the American religious right.
Saturday, November 3
An interview with Maurice Sendak.
“Biafra lost its freedom, of course, and I was in the middle of it as all its fronts were collapsing. I flew in from Gabon on the night of January 3, with bags of corn, beans, and powdered milk, aboard a blacked out DC6 chartered by Caritas, the Roman Catholic relief organization. I flew out six nights later on an empty DC4 chartered by the French Red Cross. It was the last plane to leave Biafra that was not fired upon.”
Friday, November 2
The rise of One Direction fanfiction that imagines the band members in relationships – with each other.
Money, fraud and a sacred prophecy.
An essay on Jimmy Savile, British television and child sexual abuse.
Thursday, November 1
Each year, thousands of people pay to play eighteen holes of golf at Angola, “the largest maximum-security prison in the country.”
Michael Quinn took on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – and lost.
Efraim Zuroff does not want to retire.