A profile of Merle Haggard.
Friday, August 10
Thursday, August 9
“For the first few days after the surgery, it was difficult to separate out my newly implanted sense from the bits of pain and sensation created by the trauma of having the magnet jammed in my finger.”
On gender-variant kids, and their parents.
On Mitt Romney’s top strategist—a steroid-dabbling, screenwriting bon vivant.
Wednesday, August 8
Matthieu Aikins, on the eve of a move to Kabul. Aikins is a correspondent for GQ, Harper's and Wired.
"There's no real objective framework for deciding what the value of your life is, versus the value of a story ... Especially when you go to places where people are getting killed for the silliest reasons, and a life is worth so little, you realize you don't necessarily have to value yourself as this, like, precious commodity that can't be risked in any way. And that's just a personal choice, and it's actually a very selfish one, because obviously, if you have loved ones, you're affecting them by making that choice. In any case, it's just a different headspace that you inhabit."
June 4, 1974: the first and last 10-cent beer night in Cleveland Indians history.
On the Calorie Restriction movement, the scientifically-supported belief that the key to a very long life is to eat as little as possible.
Tuesday, August 7
An essay on televangelists and a missing mother.
Life inside a provincial Russian drug den. Originally appeared in Russky Reporter.
A tech reporter tells the story of his ruined digital life.