Tuesday, November 18

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Dave Chappelle Is Back (This Time We're 100% Sure It's Maybe Totally for Real)

The comedian on his show business bucket list, Donald Sterling, and whether he ever feels guilty for being funny.

"I just know that sometimes the things that scare you the most or make you want to cry the most or are the most tragic are the things you just gravitate to or address in a comedic context, partially because you shouldn't."

Previously: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah's "If He Hollers Let Him Go," a Best of 2013 pick.

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The Smartest Bro in the Room

A profile of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

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The Internet Has Solved the Problem With Music

"Imagine a great hall of fetishes where whatever you felt like fucking or being fucked by, however often your tastes might change, no matter what hardware or harnesses were required, you could open the gates and have at it on a comfy mattress at any time of day. That’s what the internet has become for music fans. Plus bleacher seats for a cheering section."

Previously: "The Problem With Music," Albini's 1993 essay in The Baffler.

Monday, November 17

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Death by Deadline

How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.

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The Programmer’s Price

Superstar coders, like actors and athletes, now have agents.

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Hell Is Other People

A report from the Central African Republic, where "acts of extraordinary cruelty have become commonplace."

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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji

The rapid rise of a wordless language.

Sunday, November 16

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A Father's Scars

Virginia state senator Creigh Deeds, a year after his mentally ill son stabbed him multple times before committing suicide.

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A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge

The early days of electronic spreadsheets and how the tool transformed business.


Plus: The Longform Guide to Early Computing.

Saturday, November 15

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The Con Artist Hired to Clean Ebola

During the financial crisis, Sal Pane ran a multimillion-dollar mortgage scam. A few years later, with the help of some high-profile media appearances and a dead man's resume, he won the government contract to clean up Ebola in New York.


Plus: Our complete archive of articles about con men.