The GOP’s younger generation confronts its future.
Thursday, February 14
Wednesday, February 13
The story of Thor Holm Hansen—”Norwegian country singer, a former Outlaws motorcycle chieftain, and an ‘ambassador at large’ to a rebel Haitian government”—who claims to be back in Florida to locate his missing daughter.
Joel Lovell, deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine, interviewed live at the University of Pittsburgh.
"I think if you can make a writer feel like it's okay to not know what they're doing—they don't really know exactly what their story is, they're a little lost in their material—that's a fine place to be. If you can sort of talk it through, if you can minimize their anxiety a little bit, then I think you've done most of your job. After that it's just looking at the words and just figuring out which ones work."
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How governments and private companies have engaged in digital arms trading by building a global black market for ‘zero day’ hacks.
A profile of the “smart person’s” astrologer, and the people who believe in horopscopes.
Tuesday, February 12
On the case of young Joseph Hall, who was convicted last month of murdering his dad.
“‘If there’s anything I can do to make your trip more enjoyable, let me know.” He walked away, then he strode back to Cree 15 seconds later and whispered, making eye contact, “Anything.’”
Monday, February 11
Investigating a former NFL star’s new business: renting professional athletes to their biggest fans.
On the late singer Judee Sill, the virtual cemetery site Find a Grave, and memorials in the age of the Twitter RIP.
“Fear is running rampant in the Curia, where the mood has rarely been this miserable. It’s as if someone had poked a stick into a beehive. Men wearing purple robes are rushing around, hectically monitoring correspondence. No one trusts anyone anymore, and some even hesitate to communicate by phone.”