Tuesday, February 2

William Langewiesche on Longform

From shipbreakers in India to a sniper in Afghanistan, organized crime in Naples to pirates in the Gulf of Aden — browse our complete archive of more than 20 articles by William Langewiesche.


The Devil at 37,000 Feet

There were so many ways the two planes could have avoided the collision. The odds were so slim. But high above the Amazon in 2006, a combination of technology and human fallibility brought them together.


Winona, Forever

Winona Ryder has always been trapped in her own anticipatory nostalgia, and the public has always wanted to keep her there.


How the Gold King Mine Spill Threatens the Navajo Nation

Last August, contaminated water escaped from an abandoned mine in Colorado and traveled down the Animas River to Shiprock, the second-largest city in the Navajo Nation. Two weeks later, the EPA declared the sludge-filled river safe.

Monday, February 1


Indian Women Seeking Jobs Confront Taboos and Threats

The women would walk 10 miles from the village to the meat packing plants. Their pay supported drunk husbands and hungry children. When they were told to stop, they broke with tradition and went to the law.


Where the Bodies Are Buried

How forensic anthropologist Sue Black does her job.


The Bouvier Affair

How an art shipper took advantage of the market’s opaque rules and shadowy deal-making to rip off a Russian oligarch.

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Sunday, January 31


Death of a Troll

The story behind an online gamer’s suicide.


The Parrots of Serenity Park

The surprising bond between damaged birds and traumatized veterans.

Saturday, January 30


Welcome to America — Now Spy on Your Friends

For immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, applications for visas, asylum, green cards, and naturalization can take decades. Unless you’re willing to be an informant for the FBI.