Thursday, October 17

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Make It Scream, Make It Burn

An analysis of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Cotton Tenants, the original manuscript.

Wednesday, October 16

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My Life With the Thrill-Clit Cult

Investigating San Francisco’s OneTaste, which promises personal and professional success through the practice of orgasmic meditation.

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Longform Fiction Pick: "Necropolis"

An animal's corpse disrupts a humdrum workday in this early story by Eleanor Catton, the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize.

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Cargo Cult Science

On the science of being fooled.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool.
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Portrait of an Afghan Assassin

Investigating the spike in Afghan-on-American military murders.

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The Last Ride of a Cleveland Hells Angel Informant

A Hells Angel informant’s path from destruction to redemption and back, and a family’s trouble with witness protection.

Tuesday, October 15

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20 Minutes at Rucker Park

A basketball player, broke and without a Plan B, travels across the country for one last shot at glory.

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A Philosophy of Tickling

“Why do people laugh when tickled? Why can’t you tickle yourself? Why are certain parts of the body more ticklish than others? Why do some people enjoy tickling and others not? And what is tickling, after all?”

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Nights Out In a New Town

Traveling with a sex tourist to the Uzbek city of Tashkent. Excerpted from the forthcoming book If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai.

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The Russia Left Behind

The bumpy ride from St. Petersburg and Moscow, through a Russia slipping back into the 19th century.

Monday, October 14

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Twirling at Ole Miss

A day after William Faulkner’s funeral and a few weeks before James Meredith became the first African-American student to register at the University of Mississipi, the author arrived in Oxford to cover the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute.

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Dear Life

The author on her childhood in Wingham, Ontario.