Tuesday, July 29

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The Talented Mr. Young

Alan Young has been running the same scam for years: posing as a member of The Temptations and smooth-talking his way into luxury hotel rooms and prostitutes. Despite his clear charm, he admits he has “no skills other than being a con man.”

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An Idiot in Exile

Johnny Damon, after baseball.

Monday, July 28

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In Ferry Deaths, a South Korean Tycoon’s Downfall

On the cult founder, business magnate, pseudonymous internationally shown artist and ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, who was found dead in the brush amidst empty liquor bottles.

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Piety and Perversity

On the palm trees of Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 27

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Blind Ambition

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed Mount Everest, raced across the Moroccan desert, and is about to kayak the Grand Canyon’s deadliest rapids—all without being able to see.

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The Unforgotten

The people who go missing while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and the people who attempt to identify their remains.

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Did Michele Williams Get Away With Murder?

On the “black widow” of Keller, Texas.

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Pepper Pilgrimage

A gardener in Newark, NJ tries to grow the world’s best peppers.

Saturday, July 26

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Prized But Perilous Catch

Exploring the depths of the abalone black market.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Sea Creatures.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Roy Spivey"

A chance encounter with a movie star on an airplane.

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