"I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beer poured down fellow pledges' ass cracks... among other abuses."
Wednesday, March 28
A clandestine meeting between Western journalists and Hezbollah fighters in a Beirut strip mall.
Lessons learned about Washington from investigating how the “grand bargain” fell apart.
The breathable outerwear industry is at war with Bob Gore—the inventor of Gore-Tex.
Tuesday, March 27
When we form our thoughts into speech, some of it leaks through our hands. Gestures are thoughts, ideas, speech acts made tangible in the air. They can even, for a moment, outlive the speaker.
What hand motions can teach us about language, ethnicity and assimilation.
How life has changed in the neighborhood where Trayvon Martin was killed.
Don’t call them “foodies.”
How a con-man convinced Los Angeles that he was prepared to purchase the Dodgers from the now-bankrupt Frank McCourt.
Monday, March 26
How the CIA, under a program called MK-ULTRA, used a San Francisco apartment to dose johns with LSD.