“When I woke up hours later, I really believed I had been in those mountains hiking — that it was not a dream. And I really had lost my voice. I had lost my words. I was unable to say, ‘I am trapped in my brain’ or, ‘My memories are mixing with imagination.’”
The profile of a 34-year-old woman named Charity Johnson who tricked people all over the country into believing she was still in high school.
Sexism and harassment in the freethought community and its implications for atheism’s future.
The alt-country wunderkind turned walking disaster finds peace at 39.
A trip to The Villages, a booming retiremement community outside Orlando, where the golf is free, casual sex is everywhere, and there is no cemetery.
Untangling the aftermath of a United States drone strike in Yemen.
A dispatch from the World Clown Association Convention.
How a lawyer from the Valley created a gossip empire.
A day after swimming in an Arkansas water park, Kali Harding was diagnosed with a brain-eating amoeba that kills 99% of the people infects. This is the story of how she survived.
Previously: The Longform Guide to the Brain.
A life lived at 7’7”.
He was an early video streaming startup founder who threw parties where celebrities like Bryan Singer had sex with teenage boys. Then, he came to believe that music mogul David Geffen was trying to kill him.
Reaching a certain age and an uncertain decision.
How two boys, 10 and 11, were sentenced to years in a detention facility for a crime they didn’t get a chance to commit.
A profile of Chuck Blazer, “the man who built — and bilked — American soccer.”
The author of I Know What You Did Last Summer investigates her own daughter’s unsolved murder.
How the actress masterfully shapes her public image.
The author visits the 9/11 Memorial Museum, 13 years after his sister’s death.
Revisiting a high school hoax.
On May 16, 1913, after he’d spent years earning a chance at American stardom, Canary Islander shortstop Alfredo Cabrera played his one and only Major League Baseball game.
Policing Tottenham Hotspur fans.
“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.”
How Hollywood falls for actresses who “act like a dude but look like a supermodel” – and then changes its mind.
Over the course of 25 years, he’s repeatedly toyed with the idea of running for president and now, maybe, governor of New York. With all but his closest apostles finally tired of the charade, even the Donald himself has to ask, what’s the point? On the plane and by the pool with the man who will not be king.
“After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old.”
An exploited celebrity’s long journey home.
In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed an AIDS epidemic in rural China and the ensuing government cover-up. Forced to leave, she’s now 85 and living alone in New York.
A family investigates.
Meet Alan Chambers, former leader of Exodus International–a “pray the gay away” ministry.
How MSG became “perhaps the most infamously misunderstood and maligned three letters in the history of food.”
The inquiry into a nurse’s suicide after she was on the receiving end of a crank call.
Cycles of boom and bust in the drilling town of Williston, N.D., as seen from the perspective of an itinerant dancer filling one of three slots at the only strip club in town, Whispers.
“Before Glenn Greenwald was the journalist who broke and defended the most important story of 2013, he was many other things: an underage South Florida politician, a lawyer at a high-powered corporate firm, Kips Bay’s most combative tenant, and even the legal arm of his business partner’s gay porn distribution company.”
An Iraq War veteran assuages his PTSD with bank heists.
The story behind the spectacle.
Living with – and dying because of – hyperacusis, a condition that grossly intensifies hearing.
A generation that has seen inestimable violence comes of age in Juarez.
A profile of Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings.
On the case of young Joseph Hall, who was convicted last month of murdering his dad.
A “crude table-tennis arcade game” called Pong and the birth of the video game industry.
Memoir of a Latter-day campaign correspondent.
“It was creepy to wake up violently in the middle of the night. It was creepier when no one could tell me why it was happening.”