Thursday, August 23

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Bangka Island, a frequently lethal link in a global electronics supply chain.

The John Jeremiah Sullivan Archive

Life after The Real World, weed at Disney, the comeback of Axl Rose, and more —Sullivan on Longform.

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The liberation of the Williams sisters.

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The false promise and double standard of integration in the Obama era.

Wednesday, August 22

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The aftermath of a stranger’s death and the puzzle of psychosis.

Longform Podcast #3: David Grann

David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"You don't always know all the answers. I think that's what kinda makes life interesting. The thing that makes these stories real, while they are in some ways unfathomable, [is that] there's an uneasiness of certitude. Because there are things that are not always known, there are elements of doubt, and that can be very haunting ... In some of the stories, you get as close as you can to all you know—and then there are parts that elude you."

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On a former Louisiana preacher who converted to Atheism.

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The rock critic’s lasting impact.

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A previously unpublished, 20,000-word interview with Eno.

Tuesday, August 21

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A meditation on the “out-and-out confrontational confidence of the totally ignorant.”

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Ervil LeBaron, the Mormon Manson, terrorized Mexico’s Mormon compounds, ordering the killing of enemies and relatives alike. Even after he was captured, followers continued treat the “Hit List” he left behind as the word of God.

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A report from Sprague’s Sports, a firearms emporium in Yuma, Arizona.