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Before the Law

Sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder was accused of taking a backpack. He spent the next three years on Rikers Island, without trial.

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The Fight of Their Lives

ISIS vs. the Kurds.

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Still Life

A man, a woman, and a child negotiate their uneasy triangle in the days and weeks following 9/11.

"His briefcase sat beside the table like something yanked out of a landfill. He said there was a shirt coming down out of the sky."

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Dignity

Inside the fast-food labor protests.

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Revelations

A gospel singer comes out.

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The Churn

A Texas border town fails to keep up.

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Freedom Fighter

In 1981, Mauritania became the last country on Earth to abolish slavery. The law had little effect; at least 140,000 people are still enslaved today. Their best hope for freedom is an abolitoinist named Biram Dah Abeid.

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Delta Nights

On Lucinda Williams and her “love affair with loss.”

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The Man Without A Mask

How Cassandro, who wrestles in drag, became a star Mexican luchadore.

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Id Girls

On Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the duo behind Broad City.

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The Spy Who Loved Me

In 1984, Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest. They fell in love, had a son. Then Bob disappeared. It would take 25 years for Jacqui to learn that he had been working undercover.

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Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale

On Johnny Carson, a cold man in a hot seat.

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What I Saw in Ferguson

“What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe.”

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Crowded House

They thought that they’d found the perfect New York apartment. They weren’t alone.

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Get Out of Jail, Inc.

On the private, for-profit probation industry.

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Putin Dreams of Empire

What U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul has seen in Russia since he arrived two and a half years ago.

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The Hit Man’s Tale

How an honors student became a hired killer.

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The Interpreter

Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?

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Crime Fiction

The story of Tryone Hood, who has served 21 years for a murder he didn’t commit, and the Chicago criminal justice apparatus that allowed a serial killer to go free.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Roy Spivey"

A chance encounter with a movie star on an airplane.

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Iphigenia in Forest Hills

Anatomy of a murder trial.

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One of a Kind

When a child has a condition that’s new to science.

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Wrong Answer

Why Parks Middle School decided to cheat.

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The Third Man

A profile of Novak Djokovic.

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Swamp Nurse

In the bayou south of New Orleans, a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership tries to reverse the life chances for babies born into extreme poverty. Sometimes, it actually succeeds.

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Ambient Genius

How Brian Eno works.

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Covering the Cops

A profile of Edna Buchanan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Miami Herald during its heyday.

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The Chameleon

Frédéric Bourdin was an imposter. His "trail of cons," for which he used five languages and dozens of identities, extended for years across Europe and America.

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The Disruption Machine

What the gospel of innovation gets wrong.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Yesterday"

Kids consider changing their personalities and relationships.

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Partial Recall

Can neuroscience take the pain out of painful memories?

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Andy

The author remembers his stepfather, E.B. White.

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Local Story

How the Newtown Bee covered Sandy Hook.

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Inheritance

On Edward St. Aubyn’s autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels.

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Rogue Element

How an anti-government militia grew on a U.S. Army base.

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The Comfort Zone

Growing up with Charlie Brown.

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Changing Times

A profile of Jill Abramson from her first weeks as executive editor of The New York Times.

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Schooled

Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.

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The Unmothered

On losing your mom.

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The End of Food

The story of Soylent, a Silicon Valley concoction designed to replace your meals.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Naturals"

A son goes to visit his dying father.

For a daily short story recommendation from our editors, try Longform Fiction or follow @longformfiction on Twitter.

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The Hunt for El Chapo

How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.

Previously: Patrick Radden Keefe on the Longform Podcast.

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Game of Thrones

How airlines woo the rich.

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Death and Anger on Everest

The unequal risk of climbing Mount Everest.

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What We Left Behind

On the future of Iraq.

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In Deep

The dark and dangerous world of extreme cavers.

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The Truth of El Mozote

The story of a massacre in El Salvador.

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Crossing Chris Christie

On the mechanics of New Jersey state politics.

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The Traitor

The case against Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied for Israel.

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Sacred and Profane

On the FBI's failed negotiations with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco.

Previously: Malcolm Gladwell on the Longform Podcast.

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Fiction Pick of the Week:
"The Headstrong Historian"

A mother defends her family lineage against disruption from envious cousins.

For a daily short story recommendation from our editors, check out Longform Fiction or follow @longformfiction on Twitter.

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The Reckoning

The Sandy Hook killer’s father tells his story.

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The Collapse

How a top law firm destroyed itself.

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Comedy First

A profile of Harold Ramis, director of Groundhog Day, who died today.

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A Star in a Bottle

An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out.

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This Old Man

Love, loss, and life at 93.

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Figures in a Mall

Spending time with the Tonya Harding Fan Club in the wake of the assault on Nancy Kerrigan.

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Prying Eyes

Photographer Trevor Paglen makes art out of government secrets.

Hear Jonah Weiner discuss this article on the Longform Podcast.

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Going After the Frog Man

After Berkeley biologist Tyrone Hayes said that a widely used herbicide was harmful, its maker launched an attack on him.

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The Perfect Wife

How Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage.

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The Mark

On then-agent, now-congressman Michael Grimm and what happens when an F.B.I. informant turns out to be a con man.

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A Botched Operation

How a substandard abortion provider stays in business.

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The Man Who Disappeared

At one time, a whole generation of New York Times reporters wished they could write like McCandlish Phillips. Then he left them all for God.

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Ornery

A profile of Merle Haggard.

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Going the Distance

A profile of Barack Obama as he turns toward the finish line.

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Death Dust

It comes from the soil of the desert Southwest. Inhaled, it can cause incurable, even fatal illness. And, thanks to global warming, valley fever is spreading fast.

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The General

An Israeli journalist’s six years of conversation with Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday.

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Structure

The art of shaping a magazine article.

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Written Off

A profile of novelist Jennifer Weiner.

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A Few Too Many

On the centuries-long search for the perfect hangover remedy.

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A Mission Gone Wrong

A bungled operation in Honduras and the enduring ineffectiveness of America’s war on drugs.

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The Intelligent Plant

On the neurobiology of flora.

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Chicago Christmas, 1984

How John, a father of 14, lost Christmas.

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Roughing It

In 1916, a pair of 29-year-old women, bored with their lives in Upstate New York, took teaching jobs in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains. This is the story of what they found.

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The Moon Landing

Experiencing the first moon walk with a wide range of New Yorkers.

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Who Am I to Judge?

A profile of Pope Francis.

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Show Dog

“If I were a bitch, I’d be in love with Biff Truesdale. Biff is perfect. He’s friendly, good-looking, rich, famous, and in excellent physical condition. He almost never drools.”

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State of Deception

Why Obama won’t rein in the NSA.

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The Big Sleep

On Ambien and the search for the next blockbuster insomnia drug.

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Pixel Perfect

A profile of the world’s top photo retoucher, who typically can retouch over 100 images in a single issue of Vogue.

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Basta Bunga Bunga

On Silvio Berlusconi’s hedonism.

Berlusconi is Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, alternately reviled and admired for his loyalty to his own appetites—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.

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Dealer’s Hand

On new art boom and one of its most powerful players, David Zwirner.

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Buzzkill

The challenges of establishing a legal marijuana economy in Washington State.

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Auto Correct

The long road to Google’s self-driving car.

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Thanksgiving in Mongolia

“Before I put down my phone, I took a picture of my son. I worried that if I didn’t I would never believe he had existed.”

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Fire-Eaters

The search for the hottest chili.

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Hidden City

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

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Dear Life

The author on her childhood in Wingham, Ontario.

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The Spy Who Loved Us

On Pham Xuan An, Time’s Saigon correspondent during the Vietnam War, who led a double life as an intelligence agent for Ho Chi Minh.

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Surviving Westgate

An inside account of the Nairobi mall attack.

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The Shadow Commander

Iranian operative Qassem Suleimani has been reshaping the Middle East for 15 years. Now he’s directing Bashar al-Assad’s war in Syria.

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Letter from Selma

A voting rights march, from Selma to the statehouse in Montgomery, Alabama.

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The President and the Pipeline

How the Keystone XL became the defining environmental test of Obama’s presidency.

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The Abyss

On life with amnesia and the role that music plays in memory.

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Varieties of Disturbance

A profile of Claire Danes.

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City of the Lost

Life inside Za’atari, a camp for Syrian refugees just across the Jordanian border, where “the dispossession is absolute. Everyone has lost his country, his home, his equilibrium. Most have lost a family member or a friend. What is left is a kind of theatrical pride, the necessary performance of will.”

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After Bloomberg

What kind of New York is Mayor Mike leaving behind?

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Everywoman.com

On Martha Stewart, business icon.

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Lesbian Nation

On the lesbian separatists of the 1970s, who “created a shadow society devoted to living in an alternate, penisless reality.”

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Taken by the State

The use and abuse of civil forfeiture.

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Trial by Twitter

Was justice served in Steubenville?

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The Pink Panthers

From a Tokyo smash-and-grab to driving a car through the window of a Dubai jewelry shop, how a ragtag band of Balkan thieves set a new bar for audacious heists.

A member of the Pink Panthers, Milan Poparic, escaped from prison yesterday.

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Slow Ideas

Why some innovations spread quick while others take decades to catch hold.

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Operation Easter

The hunt for a secretive network of British men obsessed with accumulating and cataloguing the eggs of rare birds.

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Chloë's Scene

A profile of Chloë Sevigny, 19-year-old It Girl.

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Buried Secrets

How a secretive Israel billionaire seized control of an untapped iron ore deposit beneath one of Africa’s poorest countries.

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The Lyme Wars

The Lyme-disease infection rate is growing. So is the battle over how to treat it.

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The Prism

“As a matter of historical analysis, the relationship between secrecy and privacy can be stated in an axiom: the defense of privacy follows, and never precedes, the emergence of new technologies for the exposure of secrets. In other words, the case for privacy always comes too late.”

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Change the World

The emerging political consciousness of Silicon Valley.

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A Famous Man

On writer James Agee.

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The Deep State

A profile of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, prime minister of Turkey.

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In the Crosshairs

On decorated sniper Chris Kyle and the troubled young veteran who took his life.

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Slippery Business

The trade in fake olive oil.

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Only Mr. God Knows Why

The meaning of the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Laptop U

The possibilities and pitfalls of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

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The Thin Red Line

Inside the White House debate over Syria.

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Mexican Manifesto

A series of mysterious, dangerous interactions in a Mexican bathhouse.

"In every public bath, there tends to be a fight from time to time. We never saw or heard any there. The clients, conditioned by some unknown mechanism, respected and obeyed every word of the orphan’s instructions. Also, to be fair, there weren’t very many people, and that’s something I’ll never be able to explain, since it was a clean place, relatively modern, with individual saunas for taking steam baths, bar service in the saunas, and, above all, cheap. There, in Sauna 10, I saw Laura naked for the first time, and all I could do was smile and touch her shoulder and say I didn’t know which valve to turn to make the steam come out."

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Bring Up the Bodies

Kosovo’s leaders have been accused of grotesque war crimes. But can anyone prove it?

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Net Impact

A profile of Alexey Navalny, a Russian anti-corruption crusader.

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Captured on Film

On dissident filmmakers in Syria.

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When the Earth Moved

On the history of Earth Day and the failure of the modern environmental movement.

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The Martian Chroniclers

A new era in the search for life on Mars.

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Death of a Revolutionary

Shulamith Firestone, one of the first radical feminists, helped to create a new society. But she couldn’t live in it.

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The Creator

On Swedish game designer Markus Persson and his singular creation, Minecraft, which has sold over twenty million copies and earned Persson over a hundred million dollars last year.

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The Bad-Boy Brand

The past, present, and increasingly optimistic future of Vice.

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The Master

Robert Berman was a passionate and polarizing English teacher at the Horace Mann School. He is also accused of sexually abusing many of his devoted students.

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The Manipulator

On Ahmad Chalabi, the con man who pushed America to war.

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The Miner’s Daughter

A profile of Gina Rinehart, the richest person in Australia.

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Danse Macabre

On Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, its uncanny knack for reflecting changes in Russian politics and culture, and the recent acid attack on its artistic director.

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Fidel’s Heir

A profile of Hugo Chávez.

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Up All Night

The science of sleeplessness.

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The Rubber Room

The battle over what to do with New York City’s worst teachers.

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Spirit Guide

Reinventing a once-great whisky distillery in Scotland.

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L’Étranger

France, wealth and the saga of tax exile Gérard Depardieu.

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The Embassy of Cambodia

A neighborhood, a building, and a woman's precarious existence at the periphery.

"No doubt there are those who will be critical of the narrow, essentially local scope of Fatou's interest in the Cambodian woman from the Embassy of Cambodia, but we, the people of Willesden, have some sympathy with her attitude. The fact is if we followed the history of every little country in this world—in its dramatic as well as its quiet times—we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or to apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming. Surely there is something to be said for drawing a circle around our attention and remaining within that circle. But how large should this circle be?"

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A Loaded Gun

The haunted past of Amy Bishop, a University of Alabama neurobiologist who shot six colleagues during a staff meeting.

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Experience

A caretaker becomes enmeshed in the relationships of the homeowner.

"I'd never have picked Julian out as a sensuous type if I hadn’t read Hana's diary; he seemed too busy and prosaic, without the abstracted dreamy edges I’d always imagined in people who gave themselves over to their erotic lives. And yet, because of the secret things I knew about him, I was fixated on him the whole time I watched him cook, and then afterward, while we sat opposite each other eating at the little table he pulled up to my armchair."

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The Operator

A profile of Dr. Oz.

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Hillary the Pol

“Hillary Clinton was never a shy person.”

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The Force

How the United States came to spend more on defense than all the other nations of the world combined.

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The Party Faithful

The rise of Israel’s far right.

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Semi-Charmed Life

Parsing the lives of middle-class twentysomethings.

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The Science of Sex Abuse

On serving time for crimes not yet committed.

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Germs Are Us

On the importance of the human microbiome.

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A Pickpocket's Tale

A profile of Apollo Robbins, widely regarded as the world’s best pickpocket.

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Atonement

In 2003, a platoon of American soldiers opened fire on a family in a Baghdad intersection. A decade later, one of the shooters tracks down the survivors.

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Christmas Is a Sad Season For the Poor

On Christmas Day, an elevator operator cons holiday charity out of a variety of tenants.

"On the way home from work a few nights earlier, Charlie had seen a woman and a little girl going down Fifty-ninth Street. The little girl was crying. He guessed she was crying, he knew she was crying, because she'd seen all the things in the toy-store windows and couldn't understand why none of them were for her. Her mother did housework, he guessed, or maybe was a waitress, and he saw them going back to a room like his, with green walls and no heat, on Christmas Eve, to eat a can of soup. And he saw the little girl hang up her ragged stocking and fall asleep, and he saw the mother looking through her purse for something to put into the stocking—This reverie was interrupted by a bell on 11. He went up, and Mr. and Mrs. Fuller were waiting. When they wished him a merry Christmas, he said, 'Well, it isn't much of a holiday for me, Mrs. Fuller. Christmas is a sad season when you’re poor."

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Utopian for Beginners

An amateur linguist loses control of his creation.

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Battleground America

On the insanity of U.S. gun law.

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The Idol Thief

Inside one of the biggest antiquities-smuggling rings in history.

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Bull

A father and son work the Chinese cattle markets in this story from the 2012 winner of the Nobel in Literature.

"People trusted him implicitly. If a transaction reached a stalemate, the parties would look at him to acknowledge that they wanted things settled. 'Let's quit arguing and hear what Luo Tong has to say!' 'All right, let's do that. Luo Tong, you be the judge!' With a cocky air, my father would walk around the animal twice, looking at neither the buyer nor the seller, then glance up into the sky and announce the gross weight and the amount of meat on the bone, followed by a price. He'd then wander off to smoke a cigarette."

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Operation Delirium

The legacy of a secret Cold War program that tested chemical weapons on thousands of American soldiers.

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The Zombie Hunters

Tracking cyberextortionists and their roving swarms of bots.

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Toques from Underground

Los Angeles’ Wolvesmouth and the unlicensed dining industry.

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The Riddler

A profile of Henry Hook, crossword puzzle master.

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Crush Point

Why people stampede, and what can be done to prevent “crowd disasters.”

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A Woman Entering a Taxi in the Rain

A profile of photographer Richard Avedon from early in his career.

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Deadhead

The Grateful Dead’s afterlife.

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The Fourth State of Matter

A week in the author’s life when it became impossible to control the course of events.

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The Party Next Time

As immigration turns red states blue, how can Republicans transform their platform?

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

How America used to vote.

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The Duke in His Domain

A profile of Marlon Brando, 33, holed up in a hotel suite in Kyoto where he was filming Sayonara.

My guide tapped at Brando's door, shrieked "Marron!," and fled away along the corridor, her kimono sleeves fluttering like the wings of a parakeet.

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Love on the March

On the gay community’s political progress.

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The Un-Communicator

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, profiled.

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Opening Night

In the slums adjacent to Mumbai’s airport.

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Boss Rail

How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China’s corruption.

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Factory Girls

On the rise of K-pop.

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Alma

A tale of romance gone wrong, from MacArthur Fellowship winner Junot Diaz's new collection This Is How You Lose Her.

"Alma is a Mason Gross student, one of those Sonic Youth, comic-book-reading alternatinas without whom you might never have lost your virginity. Grew up in Hoboken, part of the Latino community that got its heart burned out in the eighties, tenements turning to flame."

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Amundsen

A new teacher begins work at a TB hospital in rural Canada.

"The number of students who showed up varied. Fifteen, or down to half a dozen. Mornings only, from nine o'clock till noon. Children were kept away if their temperature had risen or if they were undergoing tests."

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Sex and the Superbug

The rise of drug-resistant gonorrhea.

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The Lie Factory

The invention of political consulting.

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In Plain View

How child molesters get away with it.

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The Disappeared

How the fatwa changed his life.

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Thank You For The Light

In this previously-unpublished Fitzgerald story, a saleswoman wants a cigarette, and perhaps encounters something more profound.

"Smoking meant a lot to her sometimes. She worked very hard and it had some ability to rest and relax her psychologically. She was a widow and she had no close relatives to write to in the evenings, and more than one moving picture a week hurt her eyes, so smoking had come to be an important punctuation mark in the long sentence of a day on the road."

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Beyond the Matrix

A profile of The Wachowskis.

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Marathon Man

The strange case of Kip Litton, road race fraud.

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First Love

Memories of a college courtship.

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Out of the West

The movies of Clint Eastwood.

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The Throwaways

The perilous existence of confidential informants.

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The Mogul Who Made Justin Bieber

A profile of Scooter Braun.

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How Lester Bangs Taught Me to Read

The rock critic’s lasting impact.

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Schmooze or Lose

The uncomfortable, and increasingly vital, relationship between Barack Obama and billionaire donors.

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Orchid Fever

The story of John Laroche, which led to Orleans’ The Orchid Thief, and tangentially, the film Adaptation.

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Helenism

The life’s work of Cosmo editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man

On the O.J. Simpson verdict and the Million Man March.

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Fussbudget

How Paul Ryan remade the Republican Party in his own image.

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Big Med

What the health care industry can learn from how The Cheesecake Factory does business.

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Slackers

On distance running and the art of exhaustion.

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Hanwell Senior

The history of a relationship between a son and his mostly-absent father.

"He lay down. His spine pressed into the soil a notch at a time, undid him. Upside down was a land of female legs. He was fond of these new bell-shaped skirts, wide enough to crawl under and be kept safe, and wished he had waited to marry, or married differently. He thought, What if I stayed here? Let the sun swallow me, and the orange dazzle under my eyelids become not just the thing I see but the thing that I am, and let the one daisy with the bent stem, and the rose smell and the girl upside down on the pub bench eating an upside-down ploughman's with her upside-down friend be the whole of the law and the girth of the world."

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Letter From Munich

On the scene of the darkest games in Olympics history.

Part of our Olympics primer, on the Longform blog.
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We Are Alive

A profile of Bruce Springsteen.

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No Death, No Taxes

Libertarian, futurist, billionaire: a profile of Peter Thiel.

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The Strongest Man in the World

A profile of 6’8”, 430-pound Brian Shaw.

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My Bird Problem

A personal reflection on bird-watching and relationships.

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Playing Doc's Games

Surfing San Francisco with a true believer.

Part of our collection of stories on surfing for Slate.
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The Commandments

The Constitution and its worshippers.

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The Comfort Zone

Growing up with Charlie Brown.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

A profile of Chief Justice John Roberts.

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Spoiled Rotten

With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-Revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world.
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The Kingpins

Crime, drugs, and politics in Guadalajara.

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My Father's Voice

Remembering George Plimpton’s old-fashioned style.

Above all, he was a gentleman, one of the last—a figure so archaic, it could be easily mistaken for something else. No, my father’s voice was not an act, something chosen or practiced in front of mirrors: he came from a different world, where people talked differently, and about different things; where certain things were discussed, and certain things were not—and his voice simply reflected this.

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Sleeping With Weapons

The bizarre story of the disappearance of “downtown legend” John Lurie after a former friend resolved to take his life.

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Project Knuckleball

Vindication for an awkward art.

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Local Bounty

Visiting his daughter in San Francisco, the author longs for food delivery in Manhattan.

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Neighbors

In 1941, hundreds of Jedwabne’s Jews were massacred by their neighbors.

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The Second Term

On the complex nature of a presidential second term and what Obama would do if he wins one.

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There She Blew

The history of American whaling.

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The Devil They Know

A profile of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years today after being convicted of committing crimes against humanity.

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A Psychotronic Childhood

Growing up on B-movies.

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Transfiguration

How a surgical innovation allowed Dallas Weins to find a new face.

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The Yankee Comandante

The story of William Morgan: American, wanderer, Cuban revolutionary.

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The Pretender

A profile of singer-songwriter Will Oldham.

He has settled into character as an uncanny troubadour, singing a sort of transfigured country music, and he has become, in his own subterranean way, a canonical figure. Johnny Cash covered him, Björk has championed him (she invited him to appear on the soundtrack of “Drawing Restraint 9”), and Madonna, he suspects, has quoted him (her song “Let It Will Be” seems to borrow from his “O Let It Be,” though he says, “I’m fully prepared to accept that it’s a coincidence”).

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Money Unlimited

How Chief Justice John Roberts pulled off Citizens United.

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It Took a Village

A history of the Village Voice.

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Not Nice

A profile of Maurice Sendak.

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Chemotherapy for the Climate?

On geoengineering, a high risk/high reward fix for global warming.

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Machine Politics

A profile of 22-year-old hacker George Hotz, who in 2007 became the first person to successfully unlock the iPhone. A few years later, he became the first person to successfully hack the Playstation 3. And, shortly thereafter, he became the first person to get sued by Sony for it.

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Most Likely to Succeed

The alchemy of predicting professional success, from quarterbacks to teachers.

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Get Rich U.

On the relationship between Stanford and Silicon Valley.

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Do Fingerprints Lie?

Controversy over the alleged gold standard of forensic evidence.

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Greening the Ghetto

A profile of environmental activist Van Jones.

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Downtown's Daughter

An early profile of Lena Dunham.

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The Invisible Army

The expansion of private-security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan is well known. But armed security personnel account for only about sixteen per cent of the over-all contracting force. The vast majority—more than sixty per cent of the total in Iraq—aren’t hired guns but hired hands. These workers, primarily from South Asia and Africa, often live in barbed-wire compounds on U.S. bases, eat at meagre chow halls, and host dance parties featuring Nepalese romance ballads and Ugandan church songs. A large number are employed by fly-by-night subcontractors who are financed by the American taxpayer but who often operate outside the law.
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Why Are So Many Americans Single?

On living alone, which more people are doing today than ever before.

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Ring My Bell

A history of the cell phone ringtone.

Many recent hip-hop songs make terrific ringtones because they already sound like ringtones. The polyphonic and master-tone versions of “Goodies,” by Ciara, for example, are nearly identical. Ringtones, it turns out, are inherently pop: musical expression distilled to one urgent, representative hook. As ringtones become part of our environment, they could push pop music toward new levels of concision, repetition, and catchiness.

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Art for Everybody

On the empire built by “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade.

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The Aquarium

A father and his daughter’s brain tumor.

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The Case Against Kids

On the morality of procreation and the origins of birth control.

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A Hole in the Ground

Is a serial killer on the loose in Wellfleet? An investigation.

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Mail Supremacy

On the Daily Mail’s dominance of England.

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The Song Machine

How a hit Rihanna single gets made.

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The Last Tour

A decorated Iraq war veteran with PTSD kills his brother and himself after a high-speed chase near the Grand Canyon.

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The Story of a Suicide

A gay freshman at Rutgers, a spying roommate, and the trial that followed.

Update 3/16/12: The roommate, Dharun Ravi, has been found guilty of hate crimes.
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Disarming Viktor Bout

A profile of the world’s most notorious weapons trafficker.

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Smooth Moves

The unlikely story of Spanx.

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Shelter and the Storm

Sometimes a writer does a really amazing piece that makes me jealous. Other times they do a piece that just makes me want to give up. Every time I read Katherine Boo I'm just glad that I don't even attempt to do narrative writing. It would be embarrassing to have anything I write put up against her. This dispatch from a refugee center for Katrina victims is heart wrenching and does more than anything else to bring home the psychological dimensions of American urban poverty.

-M. Yglesias

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Two Men in Texas

What really happened between the plaintiffs in Lawrence vs. Texas, the case that ended anti-sodomy laws?

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Tenth Of December

An imaginative, unpopular boy and a depressed older man face the dangers of winter.

"Something was wrong here. A person needed a coat. Even if the person was a grownup. The pond was frozen. The duck thermometer said ten. If the person was mental, all the more reason to come to his aid, as had not Jesus said, Blessed are those who help those who cannot help themselves, but are too mental, doddering, or have a disability?"

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Cat People

An analysis of Dr. Seuss’ literature.

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Lives of the Saints

Mormonism’s past and present.

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Magic Mountain

A trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Party Crasher

A profile of Ron Paul.

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Gone Fishing

A profile of New York chef and fisherman David Pasternack.

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The Plagiarist's Tale

A profile of Quentin Rowan, a.k.a. Q. R. Markham, ‘author’ of last fall’s short-lived spy novel hit Assassins of Secrets, which was pieced together using more than a dozen sources.

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Where's Earl?

As the hip-hop group Odd Future rose to fame, their sixteen-year-old breakout star Earl Sweatshirt mysteriously disappeared.

(After a stretch at a school in Samoa, he seems to have reappeared yesterday.)

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Three Trials for Murder

An unexplainable murder, double jeopardy, and military courts: the strange case of Tim Hennis.

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The Taming of the Chef

A profile of Gordon Ramsay.

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The Caging of America

On the scandal of our teeming prisons.

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Kuwait on the Prairie

A report from the oil boom in North Dakota, where unemployment is 3.4 percent and McDonald’s gives out $300 signing bonuses.

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Two Soldiers

Specialists Solomon Bangayan and Marc Seiden fought together in Bravo Company’s 3rd Platoon in Iraq. Both were killed.

Here’s how they made it home.

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Streaming Dreams

On YouTube’s shift towards professionally created content.

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Reversal of Fortune

Steven Donziger, an American lawyer, headed up a successful lawsuit against Chevron on behalf of Ecuadorans. Then the legal tables turned on him.

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Birthright

The politics of Planned Parenthood.

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Stumptown Girl

A profile of Carrie Brownstein, riot grrrl and creator of Portlandia.

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Alone In the Dark

On the “horrible weirdness” of Kim Jung Il’s Korea.

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Exit Havel

A portrait of Czech President Václav Havel as he left office.

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A Massacre in Jamaica

After the United States demanded the extradition of a drug lord, a bloodletting ensued.

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Two's Company

Married sitcom writers, once famous for their love, buckle under sexual and creative differences.

"The funniest lines in their work, the lines with that satisfying crackle of sadism, were mostly his, but he was aware that it was Pam’s confidence and Pam’s higher tolerance for cliché that had won them their big contracts. And now, because she wasn’t engineered for doubt, Pam seemed to think it didn’t matter that she’d gained fifteen pounds since moving to the mountains and that she was thumping around the house with the adipose aquiver in her freckled upper arms; she certainly seemed not to care that they hadn’t had sex since before Labor Day; and she’d been pointedly deaf to certain urgent personal-grooming and postural hints that Paul had dropped during their photo shoot for L.A. Weekly."

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Hollywood Ending

How a high-powered lawyer and a rough-edged private detective ended up at the center of the biggest, dirtiest scandal in Hollywood history.

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The Place to Disappear

On Bangkok’s Khao San Road.

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Central Booking

A log of the 32 shitless hours that the author spent in the Tombs prison after being arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest.

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Barney’s Great Adventure

Frank rarely smiles, even when he’s being funny. “There are three lies politicians tell,” he told the real-estate group. “The first is ‘We ran against each other but are still good friends.’ That’s never true. The second is ‘I like campaigning.’ Anyone who tells you they like campaigning is either a liar or a sociopath. Then, there’s ‘I hate to say I told you so.’ ” He went on, “Everybody likes to say ‘I told you so.’ I have found personally that it is one of the few pleasures that improves with age. I can say ‘I told you so’ without taking a pill before, during, or after I do it.”
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All the Angry People

Portraits of the 99 percent.

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Crass Warfare

Why Whitney is Lucy, only less lovable:

This may sound like blasphemy to anyone who loves Lucille Ball, the woman who pioneered the classic joke rhythms that Whitney Cummings so klutzily mimics. Cummings has none of Ball’s shining charisma or her buzz of anarchy. Yet she does share Lucy’s rictus grin, her toddler-like foot-stamping tantrums, and especially her Hobbesian view of heterosexual relationships as a combat zone of pranks, bets, and manipulation from below. “This is war,” Whitney announces, before declaring yet another crazy scheme to undercut her boyfriend, and it might as well be the series’ catchphrase.

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Pre-Occupied

The Occupy Wall Street origin story.

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Backbone

A stand-alone piece of the manuscript that became The Pale King, this story details a young boy's mysterious and doomed obsession.

"During the five weeks that he was disabled with a subluxated T3 vertebra—often in such discomfort that not even his inhaler could ease the asthma that struck whenever he experienced pain or distress—the heady enthusiasm of childhood had given way in the boy to a realization that the objective of pressing his lips to every square inch of himself was going to require maximum effort, discipline, and a commitment sustainable over periods of time that he could not then (because of his age) imagine."

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The Perfect Stride

On champ-turned-coach Alberto Salazar and the New York City Marathon.

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King of Kings

On the life, legacy, and last days of Muammar Qaddafi.

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Up in the Old Hotel

Joseph Mitchell immerses himself in the Fulton Fish Market.

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The Revolutionary

A profile of Hugo Chávez, two years into his presidency.

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My First Flame

An early take on the dark side of cyberspace:

Like many newcomers to the "net"--which is what people call the global web that connects more than thirty thousand on-line networks--I had assumed, without really articulating the thought, that while talking to other people through my computer I was going to be sheltered by the same customs and laws that shelter me when I'm talking on the telephone or listening to the radio or watching TV. Now, for the first time, I understood the novelty and power of the technology I was dealing with.
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The Soundtrack of Your Life

On the business of Muzak.

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The Power of Gabriel García Márquez

On Gabo and his complicated role in the country of his birth, Colombia.

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My Misspent Youth

Life, and debt, in New York.

I've historically been pretty good at getting by on what I have, especially if you apply the increasingly common definition of "getting by," which has more to do with keeping up appearances than keeping things under control. Like a social smoker whose supposedly endearing desire to emulate Marlene Dietrich has landed her in a cancer ward, I have recently woken up to the frightening fallout of my own romantic notions of life in the big city: I am completely over my head in debt. I have not made a life for myself in New York City. I have purchased a life for myself.

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Mysterious Circumstances

The world’s foremost Sherlock Holmes expert found dead in a locked room, leaving no note.

There was something else, he said, something critical. On the eve of his death, he reminded me, Green had spoken to his friend Keen about an "American" who was trying to ruin him. The following day, Gibson said, he had called Green's house and heard a strange greeting on the answering machine. "Instead of getting Richard's voice in this sort of Oxford accent, which had been on the machine for a decade," Gibson recalled, "I got an American voice that said, 'Sorry, not available.

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Town Of Cats

A young man Japanese man visits his estranged, domineering father.

"Still, it was not their physical features that made it difficult for Tengo to identify with his father but their psychological makeup. His father showed no sign at all of what might be called intellectual curiosity. True, having been born in poverty he had not had a decent education. Tengo felt a degree of pity for his father’s circumstances. But a basic desire to obtain knowledge—which Tengo assumed to be a more or less natural urge in people—was lacking in the man."

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State for Sale

On the politics of North Carolina.

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Raising Kane

An essay on Orson Welles’ (and/or Herman Mankiewicz’s) 1941 film Citizen Kane.

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Personal Best

The case for coaches in professions other than music and sports. Like medicine, for example:

Since I have taken on a coach, my complication rate has gone down. It’s too soon to know for sure whether that’s not random, but it seems real. I know that I’m learning again. I can’t say that every surgeon needs a coach to do his or her best work, but I’ve discovered that I do.

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U.S. Journal: Pinellas County, Florida Attractions

A visit to Walt Disney World.
The first thing I did at Walt Disney World was to take an oath not to make any smart-aleck remarks. A Disney public-relations man had told me that attitude was everything. So I placed my left hand on a seven-Adventure book of tickets to the Magic Kingdom and raised my right hand and promised that there would be no sarcasm on my lips or in my heart.
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Dr. Don

On the life of a small-town druggist in Colorado.

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The Mitigator

How mitigation specialists are changing the application of the death penalty:

In Texas, the most prominent mitigation strategist is a lawyer named Danalynn Recer, the executive director of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center. Based in Houston, GRACE has represented defendants in death-penalty cases since 2002. “The idea was to improve the way capital trials were done in Texas, to start an office that would bring the best practices from other places and put them to work here,” Recer said recently. “This is not some unknowable thing. This is not curing cancer. We know how to do this. It is possible to persuade a jury to value someone’s life.”

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Fantasyland

On designer Jean Paul Gaultier and his inspirations.

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The Mohawks in High Steel

The story of the Caughnawagas, “the most footloose Indians in North America,” and their gradual assimilation.

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The Journalist and the Spies

The death of the journalist who exposed dark secrets about Islamic extremism in Pakistan’s military.

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It's Spreading

The anatomy of a 1930 epidemic that wasn’t:

Was parrot fever really something to worry about? Reading the newspaper, it was hard to say. “not contagious in man,” the Times announced. “Highly contagious,” the Washington Post said. Who knew? Nobody had ever heard of it before. It lurked in American homes. It came from afar. It was invisible. It might kill you. It made a very good story. In the late hours of January 8th, editors at the Los Angeles Times decided to put it on the front page: “two women and man in Annapolis believed to have 'parrot fever.'"

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Still Life

A man, a woman, and a child negotiate their uneasy triangle in the days and weeks following 9/11.

"His briefcase sat beside the table like something yanked out of a landfill. He said there was a shirt coming down out of the sky."

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The Thin Man

A profile of Steve Buscemi.

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The Wanderer

Traveling with President Clinton.

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Angry Youth

China’s new generation of neocon nationalists.

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Better, Faster, Stronger

A profile of Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek.

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The Thomases vs. Obama’s Health-Care Plan

On the combined force of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia, a Tea Party stalwart.

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The Visionary

A profile of Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer and the author of You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto.

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Leap of Faith

How Michelle Bachmann became a GOP front-runner.

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Not So Fast

The history of management consulting.

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Getting bin Laden

The story of the Abbottabad raid, in detail.

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The Only One

A profile of Vogue Creative Director André Leon Talley.

From our guide to haute couture genius at Slate.

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I Bought a Bed

I felt, in some substantive yet elusive way, that I had had a hand in killing my mother. And so the search for a bed became a search for sanctuary, which is to say that the search for a bed became the search for a place; and of course by place I mean space, the sort of approximate, indeterminate space one might refer to when one says to another person, "I need some space"; and the fact that space in this context generally consists of feelings did not prevent me from imagining that the space-considered, against all reason, as a viable location; namely, my bedroom-could be filled, pretty much perfectly, by a luxury queen-size bed draped in gray-and-white-striped, masculine-looking sheets, with maybe a slightly and appropriately feminine ruffled bed skirt stretched about the box spring (all from Bellora in SoHo).
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Hack Work

On Rupert Murdoch and the tabloid culture he created in the U.K.

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Outside Man

A profile of Spike Lee.

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The Pirate

A profile of Rupert Murdoch from 1995, as he fought monopoly charges in the U.S. and U.K. and prepared to expand his empire into China.

Murdoch is a pirate; he will cunningly circumvent rules, and sometimes principles, to get his way, as his recent adventures in China demonstrate.

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Mastering the Machine

How Ray Dalio built the world’s richest and strangest hedge fund.

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The Perfect Mark

How a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian e-mail scam.

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Climbers

On Rwanda’s cycling team.

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The King of the Deal

A profile of Hollywood agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar.

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The Terrazzo Jungle

How the mall was born.

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A Woman's Place

On Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and the gender dynamics of Silicon Valley.

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Once In A Lifetime

Childhood acquaintances, meeting again in adolescence.

"In the morning you all slept in, victims of jet lag, reminding us that despite your presence, your bags crowding the hallways, your toothbrushes cluttering the side of the sink, you belonged elsewhere."

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Don't Look Back

A profile of California congressman Darrell Issa:

A few days after we met in Las Vegas, Issa called me. He was concerned about all my questions regarding his early life and didn’t see why they were newsworthy. The conversation was awkward.

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The Lost City of Z

A mystery embedded deep within the Amazon.

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Hogs Wild

A cultural history of feral swine.

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Looking for Someone

Inside the world of online dating:

If the dating sites had a mixer, you might find OK Cupid by the bar, muttering factoids and jokes, and Match.com in the middle of the room, conspicuously dropping everyone’s first names into his sentences. The clean-shaven gentleman on the couch, with the excellent posture, the pastel golf shirt, and that strangely chaste yet fiery look in his eye? That would be eHarmony.

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A Dirty Business

On the prosecution of former hedge fund star Raj Rajaratnam.

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The Man Behind Bin Laden

A profile of Ayman al-Zawahri, the Egyptian doctor who became Bin Laden’s #2 and has now taken over Al-Qaeda.

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The Long Ride

On Lance Armstrong’s return to racing after cancer.

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New York Is Killing Me

A profile of the late Gil-Scott Heron.

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Cowboys and Pit Crews

A commencement address to the graduates of Harvard Medical School on how their chosen profession is changing and what they’ll need to learn now that they’re out of school.

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There and Back Again

On the soul of the commuter:

A commute is a distillation of a life’s main ingredients, a product of fundamental values and choices. And time is the vital currency: how much of it you spend—and how you spend it—reveals a great deal about how much you think it is worth.

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Madoff's Curveball

Fred Wilpon, the owner of the hapless New York Mets, had more than $500 million tied up with Bernie Madoff when the Ponzi scheme was exposed. Now he may be forced to sell his beloved ballclub.

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Supermoderate!

A profile of Arnold Schwarzenegger written during his first year in office as Governor of California:

"You know, the thing I love about Mexican women is how furry their pussies are."

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Shoot the Moon

A profile of Felipe Lopez, high school phenom.

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Fantasia for Piano

Joyce Hatto, unknown to even the most ardent classical music collectors until late in her life, released a string of incredible performances of great works, distributed by her husband’s mail-order CD business. But how was it possible for her to record difficult works at such a dizzying rate? And if wasn’t her playing, who was it?

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The Secret Sharer

How Thomas Drake, senior executive at the NSA, came to face some of the gravest charges that can be brought against an American citizen.

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First Impressions

The discovery of 30,000-year old, perfectly preserved cave paintings in southern France offer a glimpse into a world that 21st-century humans can never hope to understand. The article that inspired Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”

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The Control of Nature: Atchafalaya

A study of the Mississippi River, its history, and efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold it in place.

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The Double Game

The unintended consequences of American funding in Pakistan.

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The G-Man and the Hit Man

The questionable close relationship between a mobster/informant and an F.B.I. agent during a bloody Colombo crime family battle.

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Planet Kirsan

Inside a chess master’s fiefdom.

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The Castaways

Five Mexican fishermen head out with enough supplies for several days. They’re gone for nine months. A story of survival in the South Pacific.

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First Banana

A profile of Steve Carell, whose last appearance as Michael Scott in The Office airs tonight.

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Untimely

Henry Luce and Time vs. Harold Ross and The New Yorker. What was at stake in the epic magazine rivalry of the 20th century?

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Tavi Says

A profile of 14-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson.

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Dr. Kush

How medical marijuana transformed California’s pot industry.

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The Grand Tour

We ate in our own restaurants, stayed in our own hotels, and hired our own guides. We moved through a parallel Paris—and a parallel Rome, Milan, and so on.

The reporter takes a whirlwind guided bus tour of a Europe with a group of Chinese tourists.

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The Possibilian

On a neuroscientist’s personal mission to solve the mystery of how the brain processes time.

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The Gulf War

On BP’s actions after the oil spill.

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A Simple Medium

On Chuck Lorre, creator of the #1 (Two and a Half Men) and #2 comedy on American television, former cruise ship guitarist, composer of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song, and recently antagonist of Charlie Sheen.

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A Fleet of One

Driving cross-country in a chemical tanker.

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Happy Feet

How and why Zappos works.

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Waiting for Manny

Manny Ramirez is a deeply frustrating employee, the kind whose talents are so prodigious that he gets away with skipping meetings, falling asleep on the job, and fraternizing with the competition.
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Taking the Veil

How France’s public schools became the battleground in a culture war.

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It’s Not Beautiful

A profile of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

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The Misfit

On David Milch; Yale fraternity brother of George W. Bush, literature professor, longtime junkie, creator of NYPD Blue, Deadwood (which was in production when this profile was written), and the forthcoming racetrack-set HBO series Luck.

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Anchor Woman

A profile of a pre-30 Rock Tina Fey.

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A Murder Foretold

Rodrigo Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, began, in the spring of 2009, to prophesy his own murder. The unraveling of a political conspiracy.

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Exposure

A profile of Sabrina Harman, the soldier who took many of the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs.

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Aftershocks

On the ground in post-disaster Japan.

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Hollywood Shadows: A Cure for Blocked Screenwriters

Barry Michels is Hollywood’s most successful therapist cum motivation coach with an approach that combines Jungian psychology, encouraging patients to embrace their dark side, and “three-by-five index cards inscribed with Delphic pronouncements like THE HIERARCHY WILL NEVER BE CLEAR.”

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Predilections

A profile of the filmmaker Errol Morris as he prepared to release The Thin Blue Line after a decade of limited distribution, semi-poverty, and a side career as a private detective.

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A Pryor Love

On the life and career of Richard Pryor, as he neared the end of both.

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Why Are Movies So Bad? Or, The Numbers

Hollywood makes bad movies because “rotten pictures make money.”

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Absolute PowerPoint

The definitive story of a ubiquitous software. PowerPoint’s origins, its evolution, and its mind-boggling impact on corporate culture.

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The Fantasist

A profile of the (now former) director of the House of Dior, John Galliano.

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The Dissenters

On the future of the liberal Israeli newspaper Haartez.

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Letter from Libya: Circle of Fire

On Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, “the permanent revolutionary,” and his son Seif.

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The Hot Spotters

How focusing on the neediest patients could radically reduce health care costs.

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Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg

A grandmother from Chicago, she’s one of those people who knows everybody. And those people who know everybody, the connectors, make the world work. A study of the power of (offline) social networking.

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Confessions of a Juggler

On the dilemmas facing a (very famous) working mother in New York City. “It is less dangerous to draw a cartoon of Allah French-kissing Uncle Sam—which, let me make it very clear, I have not done—than it is to speak honestly about this topic.”

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The Kingdom of Silence

The story of three months spent training reporters in Saudi Arabia, where the press is far from free. “I suspected that behind the closed gates of Saudi society there was a social revolution in the making. With some guidance, I thought, these journalists could help inspire change.”

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The Novelist and the Sheikh

On the Cairo knifing of 82-year-old Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz and its aftermath.

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The Oracle

A profile of Arianna Huffington.

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Chateau Scientology

Reporting from inside the Church’s Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles.

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The Apostate

During his 35 years as a member of the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis went “all the way to the top.” The story of why he left, and what happened once he did.

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Show the Monster

A profile of director Guillermo del Toro.

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Hellhole

Is long-term solitary confinement torture?

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Shoot!

Most military experts agree that robots, not people, will inevitably do the fighting in ground wars. In Tennessee, a high-end gunsmith is already there. The story of Jerry Baber and his robot army.

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The Goat Boy Rises

On the late comedian Bill Hicks, just as a performance on Letterman is deemed unfit for network TV.

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Final Cut

The decline of the American autopsy and what it says about modern medicine.

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More Harm Than Good

On Huck Finn, the book Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, and the evolution of language and race in America.

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Diary of a Murder

On the last day of their junior year at Harvard, one roommate kills the other, then hangs herself. The press descends. A year later, a reporter searches for the real story.

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Meet the Shaggs

From 1968-1973, the three teenage Wiggins sisters, guided by a domineering father, played their strange music at New Hampshire ballrooms and recorded a single album. The Philosophy of the World LP goes for over $500 today, but the intervening decades were not kind to the Wiggins’.

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The Toppling

The story behind the fall of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad.

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Running in the Ruins

On the post-quake presidential election in Haiti.

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Master of Play

A profile of video game artist Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Super Mario Bros.

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Home and Away

A profile of Yao Ming published during his second season in the NBA.

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The Trafficker

The amiable international arms dealer and the sting.

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Angry Middle-Aged Man

A profile of Larry David, with a focus on his years as a struggling stand-up. “I was hoping that somehow I could get some kind of cult following and get by with that.”

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Can Rem Koolhaas Kill the Skyscraper?

A globe-trotting, pre-CCTV profile of architect Rem Koolhaas.

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Trailhead

A stylized account of the fall of ant colony.

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What Good Is Wall Street?

“For years, the most profitable industry in America has been one that doesn’t design, build, or sell a single tangible thing.” The case for why investment banking is socially useless.

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Burger Queen

A profile of April Bloomfield, chef at The Spotted Pig.

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A Deadly Misdiagnosis

“You can treat a lot of people, and India has,’’ says an epidemiologist working on TB. “But if you have tests that cause misdiagnosis on a massive scale you are going to have a serious problem. And they do.”

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The Golden Bough

In 1997, a logger-turned-activist named Grant Hadwin cut down a very special tree. Then he bought a kayak and disappeared.

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The Online Threat

Are we at war? The U.S. government’s evolving response to cyber security and its impact on privacy.

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Jordan’s Moment

The story of one of the great final acts in sports history.

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Desert Storm

A report from Nevada, where an economy in crisis and a Tea Party upstart are threatening to topple Harry Reid, the most nationally powerful politician in the state’s history.

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Search and Destroy

A profile of Nick Denton.

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Later

What we can learn from procrastination.

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As the World Burns

The story of how Washington blew its best shot to do something on climate change.

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Why Me?

A profile of the perpetually disappointed Alec Baldwin.

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Penny Dreadful

Not only is the penny useless, it costs the U.S. Treasury $50 million per year. So why is it still around?

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The Secret of Self-Control

Would you rather have one marshmallow now or two in a few minutes? How a kid’s answer to that question can predict his or her life trajectory.

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Small Change

Can real activism happen on Twitter and Facebook? Malcolm Gladwell says no.

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The Search Party

Google’s founders and CEO as they moved from the search business into… everything.

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Me Media

A 2006 profile of Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook opened from a college-only site to a public social network.

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The Face of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, on the eve of the release of The Social Network, believed to be a deeply unflattering portrait of him and the genesis of his company.

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The Real Heroes Are Dead

The epic life story of Rick Rescorla: immigrant, war hero, husband, and head of security at Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter, occupant of 22 floors in the South Tower.

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The Unfinished

David Foster Wallace’s struggle to surpass “Infinite Jest.”

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Frat House for Jesus

Inside the C Street house in Washington and the little-known spiritual group behind it.

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Chef on the Edge

David Chang’s manic quest for a flawless restaurant.

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The Trenchcoat Robbers

They robbed 27 banks in 15 years, one of the most prolific streaks in American history. Then they got caught.

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Covert Operations

The billionaire Koch brothers have declared war on Obama.

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The Covenant

A profile of Francis Collins, a fervent Christian, former head of the Human Genome Project and Obama’s appointee to head N.I.H., now at the center of the stem cell research debate.

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The Strawberry Girls

Life as a pageant queen in Plant City, Florida.

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Secrets of Magus

A 1993 profile of Ricky Jay, one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand conjurers, historian of unusual entertainments and confidence scams, and bibliomaniac; who rarely performs and never for children.

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Penetrating Aether

When Bob Dylan met Allen Ginsberg; a chapter from Sean Wilentz’s forthcoming Bob Dylan in America.

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Guarding Sing Sing

A firsthand account of prison’s dysfunctional relationships. The writer wasn’t able to gain access through official channels, so he completed guard training and took a job as a Sing Sing corrections officer.

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The Silver Thief

After two New Jersey homes were robbed of their silver—only their silver—in the same night, the local police got a call from a detective in Greenwich, Connecticut. “I know the guy who’s doing your burglaries.”

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The Taste Makers

Where does Strawberry-Kiwi Snapple come from? Givaudan is part of a tiny, secretive industry that produces new flavors.

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After the Crackdown

A year after dozens died protesting his election and hundreds more were imprisoned, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad grants a rare interview to an American journalist.

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Pandora’s Briefcase

In “Operation Mincemeat” a vagrant’s corpse, raided from a London morgue, washed up on a beach in Spain, setting in motion an elaborate piece of espionage that fooled Nazi intelligence. Or did it?

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The Squid Hunter

An obsessive marine biologist gambles his savings, family, and sanity on a quest to be the first to capture a live giant squid.

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The Empty Chamber

Why the U.S. Senate gets so little done.

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Letting Go

David Sedaris on smoking and quitting.

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Letting Go

Should modern medicine shift its end-of-life priorities, focusing less on staving off death and more on improving a patient’s last days?

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As Good as Dead

Is there really such a thing as brain death?

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Kill Company

The shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later culture of the 101st Airborne Division, an execution of captured Iraqi prisoners, and how far up the chain of command responsibility lies.

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He Knew He Was Right

How Christopher Hitchens, a former socialist, became one of the most vigorous defenders of the war in Iraq.

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The Mark of a Masterpiece

The man who keeps finding famous fingerprints on uncelebrated works of art.

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I Want This Apartment

War stories from the world of Manhattan real estate, written during an era when everybody knew the Internet would completely change the business and nobody quite knew how.

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The Networker

Saad Mohseni, Afghanistan’s first media mogul and a business partner of Rupert Murdoch, produces everything from nightly news broadcasts to the controversial Afghan version of American Idol.

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Prodigal Son

Is Mike Huckabee the GOP’s best hope in 2012? Mike Huckabee’s not so sure.

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Fresh Hell

The boom in dystopian fiction aimed at young adults.

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The Velluvial Matrix

Atul Gawande’s recent commencement address at Stanford’s School of Medicine graduation. “Each of you is now an expert. Congratulations. So why—in your heart of hearts—do you not quite feel that way?”

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Lost in the Jihad

How the case against John Walker Lindh collapsed.

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The Dymaxion Man

Buckminster Fuller reconsidered.

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No Secrets

A profile of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

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The Marriage Cure

In an Oklahoma City neighborhood usually left off city maps, the federal government is implementing its $300 million anti-poverty plan: teaching poor Americans how to get married.

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Drink Up

Fred Franzia makes a lot of money selling really cheap wine.

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Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

On the retirement of Ted Williams.

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No Secrets

The justly paranoid man behind WikiLeaks.

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Up and Then Down

The lives of elevators.

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The Demon in the Freezer

How smallpox went from eradicated disease to the ideal weapon of bioterrorists.

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Trial By Fire

The arson case that may have led Texas to execute an innocent man.

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Lifelike

What does it take to win the World Taxidermy Championships?

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Brain Gain

The not-so-underground culture of neuroenhancing drug use, and where it’s headed.

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Jumpers

The fatal allure of the Golden Gate Bridge and why it doesn’t have a barrier to thwart potential leapers.

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Rage Machine

Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster.

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Roulette Russian

The eighteen-year-old Moscow dropout behind chatroulette.com.

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Atomic John

The truck driver who reverse engineered the atomic bomb.

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The Itch

What the sensation of uncontrollable itch and the phantom limbs of amputees can tell us about how the brain works.

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The Snakehead

Working from a tiny shop in Chinatown, Sister Ping helped thousands of Chinese immigrate illegally by boat. By the time one of her ships ran aground, the F.B.I estimated her total profits at $40 million.

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Tea and Sympathy

The city of Boston, the Tea Party movement, and the rightful heir to the American Revolution.

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Thinking in the Rain

An artist takes on “the umbrella problem,” which runs so deep the U.S. Patent Office has four full-time examiners dedicated solely to assessing ideas for umbrella improvement.

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iPad vs. Kindle vs. the Future of Books

“Amazon has done a great job,” Jobs said. “We’re going to stand on their shoulders and go a little bit farther.” Or they were planning to stand on Amazon’s neck and press down hard.

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After the Flood

A review of Treme, the new HBO show about post-Katrina New Orleans from David Simon, creator of The Wire. “The series virtually prohibits you from loving it,” Franklin writes, “while asking you to value it.”

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The Hunted

The inside story of how an ABC nature shoot in Africa end up producing  a snuff film.