Sunday, August 5

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Slackers

On distance running and the art of exhaustion.

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The Economics of Serial Dating: A Case Study

What one woman spends in a year.

Saturday, August 4

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Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

No, but for security software companies it’s a useful fiction.

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My Platonic Sweetheart

In a posthumously published essay, Twain recounts dreams of a long-lost love.

Friday, August 3

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The Loved One

In the late 90s, an American man adopted a 5-year-old from the Ukraine. A decade later, one of the two would be accused of molesting young boys. The other would be charged with murder.

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The Long, Lawless Ride of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

A profile of “not just the toughest but the most corrupt and abusive sheriff in America.”

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99 Ways to Be Naughty in Kazakhstan

How Cosmo, with 64 international editions and a readership that would make it the world’s 16th largest country, conquered the globe.

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The Narco Tunnels of Nogales

The underground routes by which drugs enter the U.S. from Mexico, and the officials who’ve found it almost impossible to curb their construction.

Thursday, August 2

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No Refuge

A look back at the 2008 raid on Warren Jeffs’ polygamous Mormon sect.

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The Debtor

Darren Lumar lived in mansions he didn’t own, ran companies that didn’t make a dime, went to colleges that didn’t exist and slept with “any number of women” despite being married to James Brown’s daughter. When he was murdered, the cops had a problem: too many possible suspects.

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Some Jews & The Gays

Vidal on Midge Decter, homophobia and a proposed alliance between Jews and gays.