The Believer

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Destroy All Monsters

A Wisconsin basement gave birth to one of the most influential narratives of our times – Dungeons and Dragons – sending its creator, E. Gary Gygax, on a strange and perilous journey of his own.

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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

The secret diary of Nina Simone.

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Encounter With the Infinite

In search of Ramanujan in India.

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Anarchy in the USA

Meet John Zerzan, arguably the most influential anarchist in America.

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"The System of TV Is Creaking Under Its Own Weight Right Now"

An interview with Michael Schur, who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Office before co-creating Parks and Recreation and Brookyn Nine-Nine.

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Satan in Poughkeepsie

In 1966, Anton LaVey introduced the world to the Church of Satan. The 1980s saw a “Satanic Panic” in the form of abuse charges brought against child-care workers and suburban parents. Today, the author joins a group of Satanists for afternoon tea at the church’s global headquarters in a “bland New York college town.”

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The Divine Inspiration of Jim Jones

The black messianic leader, known as Father Divine, that Jim Jones admired.

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The Glass Eye

A daughter remembers her father’s glass eye.

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The Divine Inspiration of Jim Jones

The rise of the Peoples Temple through the lens of an earlier group: Father Divine’s Peace Mission.

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Mithradates of Fond du Lac

A weekend with the only person on Earth who can survive five venomous snakebites in 48 hours.

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You'll Never Write About Me Again

A journalist and documentarian charts over a decade of her relationship with Philip Roth.

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No Man’s Land

Fear, racism, and the historically troubling attitude of American pioneers.