Wednesday, July 18

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China’s Black Market City

In mountainous Wenzhou “the emperor is far away” and the freest of markets reign.

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In the Aftermath of Fauna vs. Car, a Suburban Butcher Makes Sense (and Some Venison) of a Random World

By day, Dan Brown runs the seafood counter at SuperFresh. By night, he does his life work: clearing, dressing, and sharing road-killed deer.

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Wikipedia: Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan

On the evening of November 7th 1974, the 7th Earl of Lucan, an inveterate gambler and Backgammon champion with a taste for power boats, snuck into his estranged wife’s basement. He then bludgeoned their nanny with a lead pipe and placed her in a canvas sack, before attempting to murder his wife. Recognizing his voice, she convinced him that she could him escape, then slipped out a bathroom window. Lord Lucan was never seen again.

Tuesday, July 17

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The Wedding

Erwynn Umali, Will Behrens, and the first gay wedding on a military base.

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What's So Effective About Stephen Covey?

A profile of the man behind the “7 Habits.”

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Things Behind the Sun

Meeting Nick Drake, London, 1970.

Monday, July 16

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His Man in Macau: Inside the Investigation Into Sheldon Adelson’s Empire

How did the gambling magnate and prolific super PAC donor amass his billions?

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The Wonks Who Sold Washington on South Sudan

How a group of men with nicknames like “Emperor” and “Spear Carrier” tipped the balance in South Sudan’s fight for independence.

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The Strongest Man in the World

A profile of 6’8”, 430-pound Brian Shaw.

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Confessions of an Ex-Mormon

A personal history of “America’s most misunderstood religion.”

Sunday, July 15

The Tom Bissell Archive on Longform

The Tom Bissell Archive

From video games to Chuck Lorre, traveling in Vietnam to the Loch Ness monster, Bissell's stories on Longform.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Shooter

Why people play violent video games.