On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and vanished without a trace.
Saturday, April 12
How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money.
Friday, April 11
Robert Aaron was a veteran horn player who sold bags of heroin to friends to support his own habit. Then his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed.
“In the recent history of American music, there’s no figure parallel to Lehrer in his effortless ascent to fame, his trajectory into the heart of the culture — and then his quiet, amiable, inexplicable departure.”
Thursday, April 10
“Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, I have been making as much noise as I can…”
Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, on crying in movie theaters, “attention whores” and David Foster Wallace.
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“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”