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The Boy Who Didn't Come Back From Heaven: Inside A Bestseller's 'Deception'

Alex Malarkey co-wrote a bestselling book about a near-death experience. Last week he admitted he made it up. Why wasn’t anyone listening to a quadriplegic boy and a mother who simply wanted to tell the truth?

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My Life Under Armed Guard

Since exposing the Neapolitan mafia by publishing Gomorrah at age 27, Roberto Saviano has lived for nearly a decade under armed guard, shuttling between anonymous hotels and army barracks.

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The Murder That Has Obsessed Italy

“‘It’s like a novel,’ a newspaper editor once told me, shaking his head. When I recently asked Ruggeri, the chief investigator, to sum up the case, she stared at her desk and just said ‘incredible’ four times.”

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Listen Up

The pandemic of violence against women, the threats online, and the harassment on the streets are ongoing. But women’s voices assumed an unprecedented power in 2014.

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The Race to Save Peter Kassig

A New York lawyer’s attempt to secure an American aid worker’s release from ISIS.

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Isis: The Inside Story

An Islamic State senior commander reveals the terror group’s origins.

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Why Doctors Fail

Opening up about medical mistakes.

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Love in Exile

The Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a transgender woman who was imprisoned four years ago in Malawi for getting engaged to a man. Pardoned and freed, she now scrapes by living in exile in South Africa.

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All About My Mother

“For much of my life, there was something about my mother I felt almost allergic to. As she approached death, for the first time I found I didn’t merely love her, I actually liked her.”

Excerpted from The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion.

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The Internet Has Solved the Problem With Music

"Imagine a great hall of fetishes where whatever you felt like fucking or being fucked by, however often your tastes might change, no matter what hardware or harnesses were required, you could open the gates and have at it on a comfy mattress at any time of day. That’s what the internet has become for music fans. Plus bleacher seats for a cheering section."

Previously: "The Problem With Music," Albini's 1993 essay in The Baffler.

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The Big-Eyed Children: The Extraordinary Story of an Epic Art Fraud

Margaret Keane’s husband stole credit for her iconic paintings, basking in fame and fortune that should have been hers for years. Then she told a reporter the truth.

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'Am I Being Catfished?'

An author confronts her troll.