The mysterious life and death of Dow B. Hover, the man who ran New York’s electric chair.
Friday, July 19
How a corporate network engineer became one of Aleppo’s most prolific weapons manufacturers.
Thursday, July 18
How a bioethicist’s field of study—suicide, euthanasia, a dignified death—”turned unbearably personal.”
Wednesday, July 17
The multiple lives of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Whitewater rafting down a Chilean river with a movie star and the Kennedys.
On literary manifestos, long-distance reading, and the egg of death.
Edith Zimmerman is the founding editor of The Hairpin and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine.
"I never wrote anything myself or ran anything from other people that was needlessly negative. It wasn't some false grin plastered all over it — we addressed dark things too, and poked fun at things. But I didn't want there to ever be a tone of yeah, let's really just deflate this. Because ultimately you're just stabbing at a ghost among friends. And then at the end you've all just fallen on the floor and the ghost is gone. You're not really doing anything constructive."
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In 1913, a ship carrying 31 explorers got stuck in the Arctic ice, hundreds of miles from civilization. The leader left to carry on the expedition. Others stuck with the boat. Help wouldn’t come for a year.
Jurors from the Emmett Till trial revisit the case 50 years later.
Tuesday, July 16
A personal history of class in America.
A profile of the writer behind “Deep Thoughts” on Saturday Night Live.