A profile of Apollo Robbins, widely regarded as the world’s best pickpocket.
Monday, December 31
Two American backpackers, two Indonesian villagers, one small boat, 15 slices of bread, a dozen hard-boiled eggs, ten oranges, five apples, two pineapples, two bags of cookies, two packages of peanuts, eight liters of water, one machete and three weeks adrift at sea.
Sunday, December 30
On November 12, 2012, after Belizean police announced that they were seeking him for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor, John McAfee began a well-publicized stint on the lam. Six months earlier, the writer had begun an in-depth investigation into McAfee's life. This is the chronicle of that investigation.
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On wearing a concealed handgun and how it changed the author’s worldview.
Saturday, December 29
How a burgeoning tech workforce swallowed San Francisco.
Friday, December 28
Profiles of people who live in their car after losing almost everything during the Great Recession.
Aeon is a new digital magazine of ideas and culture, publishing an original essay every weekday. Just launched in September 2012, Aeon has already produced a slew of fascinating pieces, several of which have been featured on Longform. Here are three of the very best:
The Golden Age
John Quiggin on the 15-hour week.
The Vanishing Groves
Ross Andersen on seeing the history of the universe in tree rings.
Erik Davies on rehabilitating psychedelics.
Read those stories and more at aeonmagazine.com.
In 2003, a platoon of American soldiers opened fire on a family in a Baghdad intersection. A decade later, one of the shooters tracks down the survivors.
On the actors who unwittingly starred in The Innocence of Muslims.