Revisiting a 30-year-old beating death in St. Louis.
Wednesday, December 12
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker.
"I tend not to like really prescriptive writing, and as often as not what I want to do is kind of get in and find the stories and the narratives almost as a delivery mechanism to just get people to sit up and think about it. Honestly, the areas that I'm interested in are so obscure, often, that the thing that I want is for people just to understand and care a little bit more than they did before."
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Inside one of the biggest antiquities-smuggling rings in history.
Tuesday, December 11
A visit to the hotel North Korea starved to build, still unfinished after breaking ground in 1987.
The activists, politicians, and social trends that led to 2012’s gay marriage victories.
A prolific fundraiser and dean at St. John’s University, Cecilia Chang was also accused of murdering her husband and had connections to organized crime. Two days after she was convicted of stealing more than $1 million from the schoool, she took her own life.
Is Bryan Saunders a drug-inspired outsider genius, or just in need of intervention?
Monday, December 10
On William Cockford and his 1800s gambling hall in London, where much of the British aristocracy lost its fortune.
“Four mornings a week Murray Kempton, the Huckleberry Finn of American journalism, climbs onto his bicycle and pedals out into the world in search of what may be there. For more than thirty years he has been finding things other writers have not even thought to look for, and he has done so with a compelling humanity that is rare not just in his profession but in the human race as well. I have followed him as he made his regular rounds, and I have eaten at his table, and I am not all that certain that he is not the greatest man I have ever met.”