A profile of New York Times obituary writer Alden Whitman.
Todd Marinovich was engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He ended up doing heroin in the locker room. A 2010 National Magazine Award winner, reprinted on Longform.
He pauses and glances around him. Just about everyone in the place is aware of him now. When he continues, the voice is still under control, but the eyes have become lasers. “I know that some of the press is out to get me. It’s ’cause I’m more intelligent than they are, I handle myself well, I’m wealthy and I’m black—and there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it.” He flashes his joyless smile
On the 1915 hanging of Leo Frank in Marietta, Georgia.
Personalized medicine may one day deliver routine medical miracles. But it wasn’t ready in time for Stephanie Lee.
The North Korean dictator kidnaps a famous actress and her film director husband, then invites them to dinner to chat about it.
Excerpted from A Kim Jong-Il Production.
George Spahn and his California ranch, before and after the Manson family showed up.
A profile of the boxer Floyd Patterson, after a painful loss to Sonny Liston.
After two years of filming Lawrence of Arabia, Peter O'Toole returns to his childhood home in Ireland.
Plus: 50 years later, Gay Talese remembers the late Peter O'Toole.
A couple peacefully contemplates their imminent destruction.
"I dreamt that it was all going to be over and a voice said it was; not any kind of voice I can remember, but a voice anyway, and it said things would stop here on Earth. I didn't think too much about it when I awoke the next morning, but then I went to work and the feeling as with me all day. I caught Stan Willis looking out the window in the middle of the afternoon and I said, 'Penny for your thoughts, Stan,' and he said, 'I had a dream last night,' and before he even told me the dream, I knew what it was. I could have told him, but he told me and I listened to him."