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The Gadget and the Burn

A pair of hardware hackers bond and brainstorm.

"I grabbed a corner and walked backward. The box was heavy, but it was mostly just huge, and when we reached his beat-up minivan, he kicked the tailgate release and then laid it down like a bomb-disposal specialist putting a touchy IED to sleep. He smacked his hands on his jeans and said, 'Thanks, man. That lens, you wouldn’t believe what it’s worth.' Now that I could see over the top of the box, I realized it was mostly padding, layers of lint-free cloth and bubblewrap with the lens in the center of it all, the gadget beneath it. "

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Life Atop Ground Zero

The rebirth of the World Trade Center.

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The Ambush at Sheridan Springs

How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.

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The American Room

Behind the nation’s closed doors, with YouTube.

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Secrets of the Stacks

How CREW and MUSTIE decide what books stay in a library's circulation.

Excerpted from The Shelf.

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The Great Works of Software

In appreciation of meaningful, ubiquitous, enduring applications.

Previously: Paul Ford on the Longform Podcast.

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The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back

On the fast food workers of St. Louis.

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To Russia With Love

"For 20 beautiful years, my homeland was open and (kind of) free. Now, I fear, it’s closing back up."

Previously: Keith Gessen on the Longform Podcast.

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How Much My Novel Cost Me

An essay on how to turn a sizable book advance into a sizable debt.

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Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8?

After eight women are murdered in Louisiana, what was initially thought to be the work of a serial killer becomes something much more troubling.

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Glass, Darkly

An ambivalent look at Google Glass, the “Model T of wearable computing.”

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Your Friends and Rapists

An essay on dick culture.

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Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future

After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?

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The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A cultural history of Bitcoin and what happened when the nascent virtual currency began to be covered by the mainstream media.