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Who Is Su

Life after losing your memory at 22.

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Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault

The survivors who “have built the most effective, organized anti-rape movement since the late ’70s.”

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Young Carlos

The story of one of the 74,000 children who come to this country each year alone and undocumented.

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My Year As an Abortion Doula

At the bedside when a pregnancy ends.

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The Story That Tore Through the Trees

On Norman Maclean’s Young Men and Fire and its lingering effects on our collective imagination and environment.

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The Trans-Everything CEO

A profile of the highest-paid female executive in America, who was born male.

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Joan Rivers Always Knew She Was Funny

“People always ask Rivers why she doesn’t just retire, enjoy her old age. ‘But they don’t get that I love it,’ she says. ‘All I ever wanted was this. I’m lucky, you idiots.’”

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The Single-Mom Murder

She moved to Cape Cod to escape the glitzy Manhattan world she born into. The only witness to her murder was her 2-year-old daughter. Everyone she knew, it seemed, was a suspect.

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The Matter of Time

Spun-off from Time Warner and saddled with $1.3 billion in debt as a parting gift, the once-mighty Time Inc needs to reinvent itself. Fast.

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Tavi Gevinson Just Graduated High School

A profile of the Rookie editor-in-chief, who makes her Broadway debut next week.

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How Did Bob Dylan Get So Weird?

“After listening to him since I was a kid and seeing him live for—gulp—nearly 40 years, I think I’m beginning to figure it out.”

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Sex Without Fear

The debate surrounding Truvada, the first drug approved by the FDA to prevent HIV.

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Justin Bieber's Cosseted, Feral Public Life

Three years after profiling him, the author checks in with the Bieber experiment.

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Stash Pad

How New York real estate became the new Swiss bank account.

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Woo Cho Bang Bang

The gangs of Brooklyn’s Brownsville, an area with the higest concentration of public housing in America.

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Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?

A profile of the photographer, who has been accused by several models of sexual abuse.

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Life, After

Living without your left arm.

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A Type House Divided

Inside the split of the Hoefler/Frere-Jones typography team.

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Be Bossy

A profile of Sophia Amoruso, the 30-year-old CEO of Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS.

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"Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry"

The laundry wars of Silicon Valley.

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The Day I Started Lying to Ruth

A cancer doctor on losing his wife to cancer.

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Blow Up the Box

An interview with Barry Diller about Aereo and the past, present and future of TV.

Previously: Vanessa Grigoriadis on the Longform Podcast.

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65

An ode to aging.

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The Color of His Presidency

A case for why race has been the real story of the Obama presidency all along.

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The Boy Who Ran

On the life and death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared in October after walking out of his New York City school.

Previously: Robert Kolker on the Longform Podcast.

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How John Updike Turned Everything in His Life to His Advantage in Fiction

A local reporter set out to profile the celebrated writer. He ended up lampooned in The New Yorker.

Excerpted from Updike.

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In Your Heart You Know He’s Nixon

On the campaign trail with Richard Nixon.

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How Benjamin Kunkel Went From Novelist to Marxist Public Intellectual

“There was this brief moment when people who wrote blogs also cared about so-called literary fiction. Now it seems they’ve moved on. My doctor doesn’t give a fuck.”

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The Secret of Grey Gardens

A tale of wealth and rebellion in East Hampton.

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The Plot From Solitary

How four prisoners in solitary confinement launched the largest hunger strike in American history.

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What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society

The first known infiltration of the finance fraternity Kappa Beta Phi.

Excerpted from Young Money.
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Why Abercrombie Is Losing Its Shirt

The rise and fall of a teen fashion empire.

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The Last Gentleman

George Trow’s Within the Context of No Context was a brilliant, scary vision of a cultural end-time. Then, having described it, he lived it, spiraling into madness.

Hear Ariel Levy discuss this article and more on the Longform Podcast.

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In Conversation: Lorne Michaels

An inteview with the Saturday Night Live producer.

Previously: The Longform Guide to SNL.

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“"Most Well-Known and Beloved Chinese Role Model”"

Lunch with recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao, the self-described “Most Influential Person of China,” to discuss his interest in buying The New York Times.

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The Collateral Damage of a Teenager

What adolescence does to adolescents is nowhere near as brutal as what it does to their parents.

An excerpt from All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.

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A Dangerous Mind

The case of Gilberto Valle, “The Cannibal Cop,” and the line between criminal thoughts and action.

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‘And I Cannot Lie’

An oral history of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back.’

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“"Did Your Father Touch You?”"

In 1997, 8-year-old Chaneya Kelly reported that she had been raped by her father, Daryl Kelly, sending him to prison for up to 40 years. Since then, she’s wanted more than anything to take it back.

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La Dolce Alfonse!

The riotous private sector life of former New York senator, Al D’Amato.

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Where It Hurts

On director Steve McQueen and his film 12 Years a Slave.

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Chasing A-Rod

The war between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez, “fought with six-figure payoffs in the tanning salons and strip malls of South Florida.”

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A Tale of Two Lolitas

After circulating Lolita in secret amongst a small circle of New Yorker editors and publishers, Vladamir Nabakov finally placed it at Olympia Press. Three weeks before publication, a slumping and broke Dorothy Parker appeared in The New Yorker with a story entitled “Lolita” about a teenage bride, her jealous mother, and a much older man.

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The Truly Paranoid Style in American Politics

A tour of our greatest conspiracy theories.

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Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s

Notes from a Black Panther fundraiser on Park Avenue.

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That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me

On Twitter’s pleasures and perils.

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Orders of Grief

Eleven months after Sandy Hook, Newtown’s mourning remains incalculable, especially that of the parents who lost their children. And the influx of sympathy—and money—has sometimes made the grieving more difficult rather than less.

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The Intervention

He’d blown the Denver debate. Now he was on the verge of blowing the second and risking his reelection. “I just don’t know if I can do this,” Obama told his team. The story of how they turned things around, excerpted from Double Down: Game Change 2012.

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My Life As a Young Thug

Tyson on his childhood in Brooklyn and the man who changed his life. An excerpt from his upcoming memoir, Undisputed Truth.

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The Camera's Cusp

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and his four years of production on Gravity.

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In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

The Supreme Court justice on gay rights, the problem with consensus and the Devil.

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"It Was the Biggest Game of Chicken I’ve Ever Seen."

A post-acquisition profile of Tumblr’s David Karp.

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Prep-School Gangsters

“They cruise the city in chauffeured cars, blasting rap, selling pot to classmates. How some of New York’s richest kids joined forces with some of its poorest.”

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In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg

“Will you show me all of the man-in-the-street, sympathetic, mayoral candidates? The last time I met one of them on the subway was a long time ago. Let’s not get too carried away.”

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On the Thomas Pynchon Trail

“Now Pynchon hides in plain sight, on the Upper West Side, with a family and a history of contradictions: a child of the postwar Establishment determined to reject it; a postmodernist master who’s called himself a ‘classicist’; a workaholic stoner; a polymath who revels in dirty puns; a literary outsider who’s married to a literary agent; a scourge of capitalism who sent his son to private school and lives in a $1.7 million prewar classic six.”

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The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities

How New York City built its own CIA.

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The Suit in the Newsroom

A profile of New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson.

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Nuke the Cat!

Script doctor Damon Lindelof explains the new rules of blockbuster screenwriting.

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Harlan Ellison Isn’t Dead Yet

The cult author, 57 years into his writing career.

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Monica Takes Manhattan

Monica Lewinsky’s post-scandal life in New York City.

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The Hoboken Sound: An Oral History of Maxwell's

Remembering the indie rock club that The New York Times once said was “so New York that it’s in New Jersey.”

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The Speaker Is Mute But Not Unintelligible

The durable ineffectiveness of John Boehner.

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Manhattan Fold ’Em

How a high-stakes poker game that started at Tobey Maguire’s house became part of a $100 million gambling and money-laundering operation orchestrated by the Russian mob.

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Liquid City

The weird history and uncertain future of New York City’s shoreline.

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Scrubbed

Inside the world of high-priced online reputation management.

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Mercenary for Justice

How an informant helped authorities nab a notorious anti-abortion activist.

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Must Cats Die So Birds Can Live?

Inside an animal-lover civil war.

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The Fairy Godmother of Rock

A profile of Stevie Nicks.

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East Side Story

A murder case involving two young, privileged New Yorkers rivets the city.

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Officer Serrano’s Hidden Camera

The battle over stop-and-frisk within the NYPD’s ranks.

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Welcome to the Real Space Age

The era of personal space travel finally arrives.

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Dead Man's Float

He was a hedge-funder with a coke problem. She liked to drink and was thrice-divorced before they got married. When the police arrived, she was clutching his dead body in the shallow end of their pool. She would soon be accused of murder—not by the cops, but her Internet psychic.

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Al Gore’s Golden Years

A profile of the almost-president.

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At Home With Claire Messud and James Wood, the First Couple of American Fiction

Dinner with the novelist, the book critic and “Myshkin, a 14-year-old female dachshund who is deaf but decidedly not mute.”

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Them and Them

In Ramapo, New York, the immigrant community and the growing population of Hasidic Jews had eyed each increasing wariness for years. Then the Hasidim took over the public schools, schools their children do not attend, and proceeded to gut them.

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The Tainted Kidney

A serial killer attempts to donate an organ.

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Travels in the New Psychedelic Bazaar

Inside the DIY world of synthetic drugs.

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Kaboom

Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman were young and in love and pregnant and partial to heroin and living in a Village apartment with a lot of heavy weaponry lying about. Then they were arrested, and their stories started to change.

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The Return of Superfly

A profile of Frank Lucas, whose life was the basis for the film American Gangster, decades after his days as a kingpin.

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Back on the Trail

A profile of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who is running for office four years after his affair with an Argentine journalist became national news.

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Brooklyn: The Sane Alternative

How the borough bounced back.

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The Dean of Corruption

On Cecilia Chang, the St. John’s fundraiser who committed suicide after being convicted of fraud, and the university administrators who benefited from her crime.

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Susan Miller Rising

A profile of the “smart person’s” astrologer, and the people who believe in horopscopes.

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Leo, Prince of the City

A profile of 23-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio (and his rowdy crew).

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Madam Would-Be Mayor

A profile of Christine Quinn, odds-on favorite to be the next mayor of New York City.

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High School Is a Sadistic Institution

The science behind why high school sucks.

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The Carefully Cultivated Soul of SoulCycle

On the casting process for New York’s cult leader-like spin instructors.

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Suds for Drugs

How Tide became a black market currency.

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Blues Cruise

A dispatch from The National Review’s post-election cruise.

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Listening to Beck

A profile of Beck on the eve of his new album and nearly 20 years after the release of “Loser.”

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4:52 on Christmas Morning

A father’s life, one year after the death of his three daughters in a fire.

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The Truce on Drugs

In Colorado and beyond, a negotiated surrender in the war on drugs.

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In Conversation: Tina Brown

A wide-ranging chat with the magazine editor.

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The Man Who Charged Himself With Murder

Trevell Coleman wasn’t sure whether he’d killed a man. But after 17 years, he needed to find out.

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Celestial Marriage

A delightfully strange and humorous imagining of Mitt Romney's thoughts during a massage.

"Something curdled inside him—he didn’t deserve this dig. Yes, he’d been busy lately, insanely busy, especially with those foreign-policy dopes, but he’d tried to remain attentive to his lady. He’d arranged this nice weekend for them. He’d canceled events, he’d canceled events that were scheduled months ago. Suddenly, he was impatient to get away from her, to find the remote and check on the day’s news. He hadn’t turned on the set since lunchtime yesterday, a gesture he’d hoped that she’d notice and appreciate, mostly because it came so hard to him."

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Proust Wasn’t a Neuroscientist. Neither Was Jonah Lehrer.

The allure of conclusion-shaping and a wunderkind’s fall.

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The House Where They Live

Life inside Long Island’s largest cluster of sex offenders.

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Bill & Hillary Forever

On the Clintons’ political future.

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The Supermarket of Struggling Artists

On the staff of a Trader Joe’s in New York City.

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Down and Out in the Top 10

Grizzly Bear and the surprisingly crappy economics of indie rock stardom.

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"The. Polls. Have. Stopped. Making. Any. Sense."

On Nate Silver and the messiness of modern political polling.

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My Embed in Red

On a week spent immersed in right wing media.

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Cheating Upwards

Why so many smart kids are cheating on tests.

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The New New Girl

A profile of Mindy Kaling.

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The Land That Time and Money Forgot

On New York City’s housing projects.

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Bill Clinton: Who Is This Guy?

The governor of Arkansas, profiled.

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Joe Biden Isn't Finished

A profile of the vice president.

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Telegraph Avenue [Excerpt]

A depressed, pregnant woman shares a brief conversation with then-Senate candidate Barack Obama; from Chabon's upcoming novel.

" At his remark, the pregnant woman nodded without turning to look at him—there was an elaborate candelabra of a potted cactus behind whose tapered thorns she appeared to be attempting, somewhat punitively, to conceal herself. Obama was running for the United States Senate that summer and had given a wonderful speech last month at the Democratic Convention in Boston. When she did turn to him, her eyes got very wide."

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The Legendary Paul Ryan

An appraisal of the Wisconsin congressman’s “green-eyeshade fiscal conservatism.”

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When Pets Attack

Encountering a pack of wild dogs in Manhattan.

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Please God Stop the Rain

The day Hurricane Irene nearly drowned Prattsville, New York.

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What Will the Fashion World Do With Kim Kardashian?

Fame, fashion, and a trip to the zoo.

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The Fast Supper

On the Calorie Restriction movement, the scientifically-supported belief that the key to a very long life is to eat as little as possible.

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Sex: The Multiplicity of Desire

A survey of sex on a Saturday night in New York City.

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The Wedding of the Century

The frenzied few days before the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.

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Leopold’s Ghost

A college president on the bizarre experience of being informed by NBC News that he had hired a war criminal to teach French.

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Immigrant Number One

What became of Annie Moore, the first person to arrive on Ellis Island?

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You Walk Wrong

How shoes are ruining our feet.

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In Conversation: Spike Lee

The director on Obama, the state of black cinema, the Knicks, the Nets, the tragedy of public education in America, gentrified New York and why he lives on the Upper East Side.

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The “Me” Decade And The Third Great Awakening

Americans learn to love themselves.

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‘I Just Want to Feel Everything’

A profile of Fiona Apple.

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“Hello, I Am Sabu ...”

A profile of Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, a hacker star of Anonymous and resident of a New York City housing project.

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S/He

On the difficult, “god-like” decisions faced by parents of transgender children.

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Out for Blood

How we try - and usually fail - to fight the mosquito.

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A New York Times Whodunit

On the ouster of CEO Janet Robinson and the company’s financial woes.

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A Life Worth Ending

The author on his mother’s deteriorating health and the “price of longevity.”

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Is Lindsay Too Tall to Be Mayor?

The author reflects on his mayoral run with Norman Mailer against John Lindsay.

At the bar one night a couple of weeks after the primary, I looked up from a drink and saw my face and Norman's face floating across the screen on the NBC First Tuesday show. It is a network thing, and they did a 20-minute look at our campaign. The show reinforced my opinion that Norman and I had some of the most terrific lows in the history of anything that ever took place in this city. And, perhaps, a couple of highs that could be recognized as time passes a bit. Like maybe colleges for years will be using the things Norman Mailer was saying out in the streets.

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Château Sucker

The world of high-end wine gets conned.

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Death of a Broker

The case of the murdered real-estate legend and her enraged assistant.

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The Maturation of the Billionaire Boy-Man

A profile of Mark Zuckerberg, savvy CEO.

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Karma Crash

How a scandal involving sex, money and a Wiccan coven brought down yogi John Friend.

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What’s Eating the NYPD?

The toll of being a cop on the most successful force in the country.

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A Daughter's Revenge

The complicated case of Brigitte Harris, who, after years of abuse, accidentally killed her father by cutting off his penis.

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God & Worshipper: A Rock-and-Roll Love Story, of Sorts

He’s their hero, but he’s also their soulmate, the one person in the world who understands them. That’s why Stephen Wesley and the legions of fans like him can’t get enough of the Mountain Goats. And that burden is crushing Darnielle.

On the passionate relationship between fans and John Danielle of the Mountain Goats.

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It’s Different for 'Girls'

A profile of 25-year-old Lena Dunham, showrunner and star of HBO’s Girls.

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Xanax: A Love Story

The rise of anti-anxiety medication.

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Mugging as a Way of Life

The life and times of two professional muggers in 1970’s lower Manhattan:

Hector and Louise usually work whatever neighborhood they’re living in. They knock over every old man on the block, every young man who follows Louise’s swinging hips and pocketbook, and every young girl attracted by Hector’s olive eyes. They rough up all of them, take whatever money is there, and then move on.

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Björk’s Big Bang

The artist discusses her latest record, Biophilia, science and music education. 

Up until she developed a vocal-cord nodule a few years ago, Björk made a point of not investigating how that instrument worked. “With arrangements and lyrics,” she says, squinting over her coffee, “I work more with the left side of my brain. But my voice has always been very right brain. I didn’t try to analyze it at all. I didn’t even know until I started all this voice work, two years ago, what my range was. I didn’t want to let the academic side into that—I worried the mystery would go.”

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The Last Gentleman

On New Yorker writer George W. S. Trow’s descent into madness.

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Escape From the Holy Shtetl

A young woman’s attempt to flee from the most religiously conservative community in America, and to take her daughter with her:

The critical battleground in the War Between the Grunwalds would prove to be niddah, or “separation,” i.e., when the menstruating female is considered “impure” and kept apart from her husband. “It isn’t just your period,” Gitty says. After a woman stops bleeding, she has to wear white underwear for seven days, checking constantly to see if there’s any discharge. Should spotting occur, the woman takes her underwear to a special rabbi who examines the color, shape, and density of the stain. It is he who divines when it is safe for the woman to immerse herself in the mikvah (ritual bath) and be reunited with her husband.

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The Virgin Father

The 34-year-old virgin father-of-15 at the forefront of the controversial DIY sperm donation movement.

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The Mystery of Duane Reade

How a drug store conquered New York.

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The New Decembrists

Hanging out in Moscow with Russia’s yuppie, 20-something journalist revolutionaries:

In other words, the protest was being brought to you by the same people you would have relied on, weeks earlier, for restaurant picks.
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Pvt. Danny Chen, 1992–2011

A glimpse into the life and death of a soldier who committed suicide while on duty in Afghanistan:

The Army recently announced that it was charging eight soldiers — an officer and seven enlisted men — in connection with Danny Chen’s death. Five of the eight have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide, and the coming court-martial promises a fuller picture of the harrowing abuse Chen endured. But even the basic details are enough to terrify: What could be worse than being stuck at a remote outpost, in the middle of a combat zone, tormented by your superiors, the very same people who are supposed to be looking out for you? And why did a nice, smart kid from Chinatown, who’d always shied from conflict and confrontation, seek out an environment ruled by the laws of aggression?

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Stalking Her Killer

The author tracks down a former Peace Corps volunteer who murdered a fellow worker in 1976.

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Up With Grups*

The ascendant breed of grown-ups who are redefining adulthood.

This is an obituary for the generation gap. It is a story about 40-year-old men and women who look, talk, act, and dress like people who are 22 years old. It’s not about a fad but about a phenomenon that looks to be permanent.

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A Monster Among the 'Frum'

On the murder of a young Hasidic boy in Brooklyn.

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The Good Bad Son

A profile of Seif Qaddafi.

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Rendezvous in the Ramble

Central Park wasn’t always so bucolic.

Gangs of toughs—teenagers and the macho middle-aged, usually drunk, occasionally including a couple of off-duty cops—roam the Ramble at night, engaging in an old American pastime: fag bashing. You don't have to be gay. You don't have to be exposing yourself. You don't have to be doing anything except walking through the tangled darkness to be abused, shoved, threatened at knifepoint, kicked, and beaten.
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This Is My Brain on Chantix

Chantix is a pill that decreases the pleasurable effects of cigarettes. It also causes hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and waking nightmares:

A week into my Chantix usage, I started to feel as if the city landscape had imperceptibly shifted around me. Mundane details began to strike me as having deep, hidden significance. The neon arch above McDonald’s: The lights blinked on and off in some sort of pattern, and I needed to crack the code.

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What Would Gabby Do?

On the post-shooting life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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After the Rapture

A profile of Harold Camping, a Christian radio host who (falsely) predicted the end of the world.

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What Do a Bunch of Old Jews Know About Living Forever?

Irving Kahn is about to celebrate his 106th birthday. He still goes to work every day. Scientists are studying him and several hundred other Ashkenazim to find out what keeps them going. And going. And going.
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What Happened to Etan Patz

The father of the first kid featured on a milk carton thinks he knows who kidnapped the him 30 years ago:

For years now, Stan has had a face to concentrate on; twice a year, in fact, on Etan’s birthday and on the anniversary of his disappearance, Stan sends one of the old lost child posters to a man who’s already in prison. He won’t be there much longer, however, unless the successor to Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau can keep him in jail. In the meantime, Stan’s packages serve notice that someone is still paying close attention. On the back of the poster, he always writes the same thing: “What did you do to my little boy?”

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How Do You Spell Ms.

An oral history of Ms. magazine.

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Meet Your Neighbor, Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon walks down a New York City street in the middle of the morning. He has a light gait. He floats along. He looks canny and whimsical, like he'd be fun to talk to; but, of course, he's not talking. It's a drizzling day, and the writer doesn't have an umbrella. He's carrying his own shopping bag, a canvas tote like one of those giveaways from public radio. He makes a quick stop in a health-food store, buys some health foods. He leaves the store, but just outside, as if something had just occurred to him, he turns around slowly and walks to the window. Then, he peers in, frankly observing the person who may be observing him. It's raining harder now. He hurries home. For the past half-dozen years, Thomas Pynchon, the most famous literary recluse of our time, has been living openly in a city of 8 million people and going unnoticed, like the rest of us.
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Kidnapped at Birth

One day Nejdra Nance realized the woman she had called Mom for 23 years may have been at the center of one of the most harrowing kidnappings in decades—hers.
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The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright

On 20-somethings in America, or:

My screwed, coddled, self-absorbed, mocked, surprisingly resilient generation.

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Just Kids

On the tangled early careers of Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace, Mary Karr and Jeffrey Eugenides.

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It's Good to Be Michael Lewis

On the writer and his impact on his subjects.

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And… Scene.

An oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade.

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Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York

How a town of 29,000 on the Hudson River came to be “one of the most dangerous four-mile stretches in the northeastern United States.”

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The Stripper and the Con Man

On the marriage of Ponzi schemer Ken Starr and his fourth wife, Diane Passage, whom he met while she was dancing at a strip club.

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The Knock at the Door

The last thing child-welfare supervisor Chereece Bell wanted to see was what happened to 4-year-old Marchella Pierce. The last thing she expected was to go to jail for it.

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Bubble Boys

In Silicon Valley, up all night coding in the dorms with the aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs of tomorrow.

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The Pinup of Williamsburg

A profile of Zooey Deschanel.

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Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet

A look at the artists and writers who drive for a New York cab company. The story that inspired Taxi.

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Hats On, Gloves Off

Inside the dynastic war between the heirs to rulership of the largest Hasidic sect in the world. The prize – all of Hasidic Williamsburg – may prove to be ungovernable.

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Swamp Dreams

On “American Dream,” a mall under construction in New Jersey that will be the largest on Earth and feature an indoor skiing slope, a tropical area modeled on Hawaii, and a “TV screen that will make Times Square seem like a rec room from the seventies.”

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East Bronx Story—Return of the Street Gangs

Chains, knives, fists, and, of course, those crude and unreliable homemade affairs called zip guns were the staples in the more vicious gang wars in the 1940s and 1950s. Today there is scarcely a gang in the Bronx that cannot muster a factory-made piece for every member—at the very least, a .22-caliber pistol, but quite often heavier stuff: .32s, .38s, and .45s, shotguns, rifles, and—I have seen them myself—even machine guns, grenades, and gelignite, an explosive. One gang, the Royal Javelins, has acquired some walkie-talkie radios.
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The Prettiest Boy in the World

A profile of Andrej Pejic, a model who walks the runway in both men and women’s clothing.

For even a moderately vain female, spending time with Pejic is like losing a race to someone who’s not even running: If he were not a man, he would be the most beautiful woman I have ever seen in the flesh—which, in his case, is flawless and poreless and has an English-rose luster.

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Dada’s Boy

On the life and career of Chris Farley.

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The Womanizer's Wife

How Anne Sinclair stuck by Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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I Dream of Diane

Living with grief and gult in the aftermath of the worst car accident in Westchester County in 75 years:

For 1.7 miles, Diane, 36, drove a minivan stuffed with kids the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway, finally colliding head-on with an SUV. Diane hadn’t even braked. Passing drivers said she stared straight ahead, her expression serene and oblivious, her hands at ten and two on the steering wheel. Eight people died, including Diane, their daughter, their three nieces, and all three people in the oncoming SUV. Toxicology reports later established Diane’s blood alcohol level at .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit. On the way home from a weekend camping trip, Danny’s wife appeared to have guzzled ten shots worth of alcohol and, the report said, smoked marijuana within the hour.

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“It’s Too Bad. And I Don’t Mean It’s Too Bad Like ‘Screw ’Em.’”

A profile of under-fire Goldman Sachs Ceo Lloyd Blankfein.

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This Is the Part Where the Superhero Discovers He Is Mortal

What happened to Wesley Autrey after he jumped in front of a New York City subway train to save a man’s life.

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The Siege of Fulton Avenue

Just after midnight, Rye police arrived to bust a house full of partying teenagers. The kids refused to unlock the door, and parents and cops flooded the street. A minute-by-minute account of the standoff.

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The Raging Septuagenarian

A profile of Rupert Murdoch, written before his empire began to crumble.

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Chasing Dash Snow

A profile of the hard-living, cop-dodging artist Dash Snow, published two years before his death of an overdose.

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'Little Gitmo'

The story of an imam convicted on a suspect terrorism charge and the place he was sent: a jail in the Midwest where nearly all of the prisoners are Muslims.

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Vanishing Act

The last days of Spalding Gray.

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“Let No Man Despise Thy Youth” –Timothy 4:12

A profile of 17-year-old Teresa Scanlan, the newly crowned Miss America.

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The Birth of 'The New Journalism'; Eyewitness Report by Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe on the development of ”New Journalism,” an unconventional reporting style which he helped to pioneer.

I had the feeling, rightly or wrongly, that I was doing things no one had ever done before in journalism. I used to try to imagine the feeling readers must have had upon finding all this carrying on and cutting up in a Sunday supplement. I liked that idea. I had no sense of being a part of any normal journalistic or literary environment.

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Unmasking D.B. Cooper

What ever happened to the world’s most elusive skyjacker?

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Paw Paw & Lady Love

The life and death of Anna Nicole Smith.

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The Baddest Lawyer in the History of Jersey

On the complete corruption of Paul Bergin, a federal attorney turned high-priced defense lawyer now awaiting trial on a host of charges.

If Paul is guilty of half the things they say, he’d be the craziest, most evil lawyer in the history of the State of New Jersey. That is saying something.

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The Invention of Patient Zero

It was the worst AIDS crisis in years—until it wasn’t.

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The United States of America vs. Bill Keller

Inside the complicated world of running The New York Times.

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The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not

Timothy Brown was diagnosed with HIV in the ’90s. In 2006, he found that a new, unrelated disease threatened his life: leukemia. After chemo failed, doctors resorted to a bone marrow transplant. That transplant erased any trace of HIV from his body, and may hold the secret of curing AIDS.

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A Serial Killer in Common

Five prostitutes disappear. Bodies turn up on a Long Island beach. On the women lost, and the families left behind.

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The Elephant in the Green Room

The circus Roger Ailes created at Fox News made his network $900 million last year. But it may have lost him something more important: the next election.

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And I Should Know

“Winning” in Hollywood means not just power, money, and complimentary smoked-salmon pizza, but also that everyone around you fails just as you are peaking.
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One-Man Show

Louis C.K. has a deal unlike anyone else’s on TV: his network, FX, has no approval rights and offers no notes. He is also the show’s lone writer, editor, director, and star. A profile.

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Paper Tigers

What becomes of Asian-American overachievers after the test-taking ends?

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The Story of V

Justin Vivian Bond found downtown fame as Kiki DuRane, decrepit drag chanteuse and comedic prophet of gay rage born out of the AIDS era. Then he killed Kiki to try to become the woman (and man) he always wanted to be.

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The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High School

The social rituals of the pansexual, bi-queer, metroflexible New York teen.

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The Invisible Scent

A profile of Christopher Brosius, the “Willy Wonka of fragrances,” whose latest creation is designed to not be smelled.

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Rude Boys

The birth of the Beastie Boys—an oral history on the 25th anniversary of Licensed to Ill.

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This ’Melo Is

A profile of Carmelo Anthony, newly anointed savior of the New York Knicks.

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Pursuing Self-Interest in Harmony With the Laws of the Universe and Contributing to Evolution Is Universally Rewarded

On Ray Dalio, who built the world’s biggest hedge fund by running it like a cult.

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What Does It Take for a Female Tycoon to Get Noticed Around Here?

On billionaire financier Lynn Tilton and her quest to become a public figure.

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"I Did It"

In 1991, Frank Sterling confessed to a crime he didn’t commit. His story highlights a common – and controversial – method of police interrogation.

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An Officer and an Atrocity

The barbaric brutalization of Abner Louima and the tragic fate of a handful of flawed Brooklyn cops.

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Sardine Life

What a century and a half of piled-up housing reveals about New Yorkers.

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My Roommate, The Diamond Thief

A New Yorker finds an unlikely house guest on Craigslist.

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Latter-Day Saints

On Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and their new Broadway musical about Mormons, which “may just be their highest artistic achievement yet.”

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A Homeless City in the Woods

A crusading minister has built a forested Utopia for the itinerant and destitute. But is a social experiment what they’re looking for, or just a place to live?

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The Madoff Tapes

“One evening, my home phone rang. ‘You have a collect call from Bernard Madoff, an inmate at a federal prison,’ a recording announced. And there he was.”

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Comedy Isn't Funny

SNL in its grim twentieth season through the lens of first (and only) year cast-member Janeane Garofalo.

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The Curious Case of Joseph and Nicholas Brooks

The father: an Oscar-winning songwriter. The son, a college dropout and partier around downtown New York. Their alleged crimes; serial casting-couch rape (the senior) and a drowning murder in a Soho House bathtub (the junior).

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"Just Smile"

Cathie Black, former magazine executive, currently Bloomberg’s hand-picked Chancellor of New York City schools

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The Lords of Rikers

The juvenile ward on Rikers Island is a world of constant violence fueled by gangs and, allegedly, encouraged and overseen by the guards.

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The Geek-Kings of Smut

On the group of friends who came to rule the bizarre, decreasingly lucrative world of Internet porn.

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Travis the Menace

The life story of Travis the chimp and the family of tow truck operators who raised him like a human child before it all ended in tragedy.

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James Frey's Fiction Factory

James Frey is starting a publishing company, paying young writers (very poorly) to reverse engineer a Twilight-esque hit.

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The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Himself

Tony Kushner and the burdens of being one of the last public intellectuals in American theater.

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Inventing Facebook

The writer (Aaron Sorkin), director (David Fincher), and actors (Jesse Eisenberg & Justin Timberlake) of The Social Network on dramatizing the real story of a 20 year old into “the Citizen Kane of John Hughes movies.”

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Payback

The sordid, petty world of “gossip item” sources for the New York Post and The Daily News, and what happens when they go bad.

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The $2,000-an-Hour Woman

The rise and fall of a boom-era escort agency in New York City.

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America Is a Joke

A profile of Jon Stewart, who’s now run The Daily Show for more than a decade.

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The Crack in the Shield

The rise and fall of the Seven-Seven - stationed in the war zone of 1980’s Crown Heights, Brooklyn - and how an idealistic young recruit became part of cash-snatching, drug-reselling, renegade clique of cops

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Skin

A Holocaust detective story: could a lampshade pulled from the ruins of Katrina really be Buchenwald artifact made of human remains?

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The Headmistress and the Diet Doctor

The night the doctor behind the Scarsdale Diet was shot by his mistress, the impeccable headmistress of the elite all-girls boarding school Madeira.

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The James Franco Project

Soap operas, enrollment in multiple graduate programs at once, student films alongside Hollywood blockbusters. Is James Franco’s entire career a piece of performance art?

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Bernie Madoff, Free at Last

What’s Madoff like as a prisoner? According to his fellow inmates, he’s cheap (“You couldn’t get an ice-cream cone off him”), he’s unrepentant (“Fuck my victims”), and he’s eager to dole out financial advice.

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The Mad Liberationist

Born in Germany, raised in Montana, now living in New York, comedian Reggie Watts describes his style as “culture sampling.”

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The One-Man Drug Company

Lenny makes $5,000 a week selling coke. It was easy to get into the business after finishing prep school. Getting out and going legit after his final score is proving much more difficult.

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Namath All Night Long

Over a scotch a few months after his underdog Jets won Super Bowl III, a 26-year-old Joe Namath told Jimmy Breslin what he’d done the night before the game: “I went out and got a bottle and grabbed this girl.”

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Uniqlones

Tadashi Yanai (“he is like Warren Buffett in Japan”) takes his Uniqlo brand stateside.

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Bedbugs in the Duvet

How do you handle an infestation when you live on the Upper East Side and bedbugs could hurt the value of your apartment? With discretion.

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Databases Loaded

The latest frontier of statistical research in baseball—and the newest front in the Yanks/Red Sox arms race—is defense. And it’s yielding some surprising insights about who is actually worth his salary.

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Clash of the Bearded Ones

Hipsters vs. Hasids in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A skirmish over a bike lane becomes a battle for a neighborhood.

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Rachel Uchitel Is Not a Madam

Celebrity, bottle service, and Tiger Woods’ unintentional introduction of “halfway hooker” into the American lexicon.

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Growing up Gaga

From Stefani Joanne Germanotta to Lady Gaga: the self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose creation of the world’s biggest pop star.