Wednesday, June 6

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The Machine-Tooled Happyland

A trip to Disneyland in the mid-1960s.

Previously posted on Longform.org on January 25th, 2012.
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The Library of Utopia

How Google’s utopian/dystopian plan to scan the world’s books failed and the Harvard-led team that’s picking up the pieces.

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Prep-School Predators

The Horace Mann School’s secret history of sexual abuse.

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Where Amazing Happens

An ode to professional basketball players and why pro ball is the best ball of all.

Tuesday, June 5

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The Baleful Influence of Gambling

“Strong-arm methods, including murder, are common in the illicit narcotics traffic. After a major international narcotics ring was broken up last year, two of the- twenty-four defendants were murdered before completion of the trial. One was shot down in the Bronx; the burned body of the other was found near Rochester, New York. The business executive, factory worker, and housewife never encounter the seamy side, but this is what their bets are financing. Again I ask, Is this really the way the American people want it to be?”

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The Unabomber's Pen Pal

Teaching Ted Kaczynski’s anti-technology ideas.

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The Ruins of Joe Pa's Kingdom

The Penn State sex abuse scandal as told through a father, a son and “Victim 1.”

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The Last Days of MF Global

“Jon Corzine had never had anything to do with the futures business, had never run a public company, and hadn’t worked on Wall Street for a decade. His time there had ended badly. But by any reasonable standard, the former Goldman chief seemed almost embarrassingly overqualified. Says Flowers: ‘It seemed like we had more CEO than company.’”

Monday, June 4

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The Deported

Life in Mexico immediately after being forced to leave the U.S.

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There She Blew

The history of American whaling.