Tuesday, March 17

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Luminous Life

In the deep ocean, a swimming sea-worm called a “green bomber” can throw sacs of light when attacked.

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The Accident

An essay on a fatal car crash in the author’s youth.

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Inside Baghdad's Brutal Battle Against ISIS

Even ISIS’s opponents are hard men who understand terror.

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Desperately Seeking Susan

Being friends with Susan Sontag was thrilling, but also “shot through in the end with mutual irritation.”

Monday, March 16

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Happy Ugly Feet

What’s behind the cyclical fashionability of the monstrously ugly Birkenstock?

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Charles Bowden’s Fury

The lingering psychological effects of being one of the greatest crime reporters of all time.

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Crackdown in a Detroit Stripped of Metal Parts

Detroit is trying to end the longstanding practice of “scrapping,” which is the only way some of its residents can earn a living.

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Why Do Severed Goat Heads Keep Turning Up in Brooklyn?

Santería or Vodou are explored as possibilities.

Sunday, March 15

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Jane Goodall Is Still Wild At Heart

She’s 80 now, working 13 hour days, and still won’t take so much as a reporter’s hand to cross the stream.

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A Grand Juror Speaks

Even an “obstructionist bloc” can’t resist handing prosecutors the indictments they want.

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The Revolution Will Probably Wear Mom Jeans

The politics behind the anti-trend trend known as “Normcore” turn out to be as conservative as ever.

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Broken on the Wheel

An innocent man was executed – in 1761. Voltaire got on the case.