An Iraq War veteran assuages his PTSD with bank heists.
Friday, May 31
“The supernatural stuff doesn’t get to me anymore. But here’s the movie that scared me the most in the last 12 or 13 years: The movie opens with a woman in late middle-age, sitting at a table and writing a story. And the story goes something like, then the branches creaked in the - and she stops, and she says to her husband: What are those things? I can’t think of them. They’re in the backyard, and they’re very tall, and birds land on the branches. And he says, why, Iris, those are trees. And she says, yes, how silly of me. And she writes the word, and the movie starts. That’s Iris Murdoch, and she’s suffering the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Thursday, May 30
A week in the life of Naomi and Spencer Haskell.
Why the head of Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey hired a former CIA agent to ruin a freelance writer’s career.
A profile of Dennis Rodman today.
Wednesday, May 29
Margalit Fox is a senior obituary writer for The New York Times.
"You do get emotionally involved with people, even though as a journalist you're not supposed to. But as a human being, how can you not? Particularly people who had difficult, tragic, poignant lives. But there are also people that you just wish you had known. And, of course, the painful irony is that you're only getting to know them by virtue of the fact that it's too late."
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The author, an abortion counselor, was 40 and pregnant when a conflicted Catholic woman came to her clinic.
How the foreclosure crisis ignited a new form of activism in Chicago’s vacant homes.
Tuesday, May 28
A college football coach is falsely accused of producing and possessing child pornography.
A profile of the greatest checkers player of all time.