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Mr. Bad News

A profile of New York Times obituary writer Alden Whitman.


The Man Who Never Was

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.


The Storm Inside Reggie Jackson

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

The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones

Investigating an infamous Yale secret society.


America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

On the 1915 hanging of Leo Frank in Marietta, Georgia.


The Death of Patient Zero

Personalized medicine may one day deliver routine medical miracles. But it wasn’t ready in time for Stephanie Lee.


The Filmmaker and Star Who Were Kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il

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.


"That Joke Has Everything"

A profile of pre-Late Night David Letterman.


Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range

George Spahn and his California ranch, before and after the Manson family showed up.


The Loser

A profile of the boxer Floyd Patterson, after a painful loss to Sonny Liston.


Peter O'Toole on the Ould Sod

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.


The Last Night of the World

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."