A longtime NGO worker on how big ideas end up hurting international aid.
The New Republic
How do you start closing the gap between rich and poor? Convince the rich to do it themselves.
Sixteen years after he was exposed as the most fraudulent journalist of his generation, Stephen Glass is confronted by an old friend.
Inside the stronghold of Commander Pigeon, “collector of lost and exiled men.”
“Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed 2,300 square miles of the state’s wetlands, an area larger than Delaware. If no action is taken, the missing Delaware will become a missing Connecticut, and then a missing Vermont.”
Tech investors gave Seth Bannon, co-founder of the seemingly surging startup Amicus, over four million dollars, despite knowing almost nothing about him.
How the GOP took control of state politics in Alabama, leaving black lawmakers — and their constituents — powerless.
A profile of author William T. Vollmann.
Adriaan Vlok, a former apartheid leader, seeks redemption.
The downside of opening up.
How the Syrian president stays in power.
“Americans find it hard to believe that foreigners are unalterably foreign, for they have seen generations of immigrants who became Americans.”
A history of scandal and civil war within the first family of the Unification Church.
The complicated case of Michelle Kosilek, a murderer fighting for sexual reassignment surgery.
How citizen journalists are covering the war.
An interview with the literary agent about the state of the book industry and how, at least for him, it continues to be quite lucrative.
A two-week island experience involving a 70-year-old interloper, his mannequin girlfriend, a couple of dogs and very little else.
Meet Mark Millar, the brains behind our era’s most violent, ingenious comics.
The money has dried up, the models are broken and “there are simply many, many more high-priced lawyers today than there is high-priced legal work.” On the end of an era.
Their religion prohibits lawsuits. The energy companies know it.
How Georgia halted its drug epidemic, but not its addicts–and what the U.S. might learn from their efforts.
On the barely regulated business of looking after kids.
The fight for South Africa’s future.
The outgoing treasury secretary on his financial crisis regrets, putting policy before politics, and whether Washington will ever be able to strike a grand bargain.
A trip to CES, “what a World’s Fair might look like if brands were more important than countries.”
With abortion access limited in many states, should some home abortions still be a crime?
“Oh God, everybody hates Jane Austen. They don’t have the balls to say it.”
Blockbusters in the age of “corporate irony.”
A profile of Bidzina Ivanishvili.Published originally in GQ Russia.
The former editor of the New York Observer, profiled.
Inside the puppet trial of the decade.
The story of Donald Smaltz, an independent prosecutor run amok.
On Mitt Romney’s top strategist—a steroid-dabbling, screenwriting bon vivant.
A personal history of “America’s most misunderstood religion.”
On the enduring political influence and entrenched racism of the Greek system at the University of Alabama.
An investigation into Erin Brockovich and the lawsuits that made her famous.
All violence is not like all other violence. Every Jewish death is not like every other Jewish death. To believe otherwise is to revive the old typological thinking about Jewish history, according to which every enemy of the Jews is the same enemy, and there is only one war, and it is a war against extinction, and it is a timeless war.
A former first-string tackle considers the green zone as a war zone:
Just as football has evolved in accordance with the evolving business ethic of American society, so has it evolved in accordance with the changing strategic assumptions about war. The development (or rebirth) of the T-formation in football coincided almost exactly with the development of a new era of mobility and speed in warfare best exemplified in the Blitzkrieg tactics of the German armies in Europe in 1939-40. The T-formation soon overwhelmed the “Maginot Line” mentality of traditional football, based as it was on rigid lines and massive concentrations of defensive and offensive power.
A critical look at the contemporary art marketplace.
The trouble is that a business model has come to drive the entire art world, and like the corporate executive who regards the launch of each new product as a challenge to the success of the last one, because you must keep growing or you will die, the arts community finds itself in a state of permanent anxiety. There always has to be a new artist whom the media will embrace as enthusiastically as they embraced Warhol; there always has to be a show that will top the excitement generated by the last blockbuster at the Modern or the Met.
He was the world’s foremost collector of presidential memorabilia, an outsider with a pathological need to fit in. He was also a thief.
James Wood on Saul Bellow:
One realizes, with a shock, that Bellow has taught one how to see and how to hear, has opened the senses. Until this moment one had not really thought of the looseness of a lightbulb filament, one had not heard the saliva bubbling in the harmonica, one had not seen well enough the nose pitted with black pores, and the demolition ball’s slow, heavy selection of its victims. A dozen good writers–Updike, DeLillo, others–can render you the window of a fish shop, and do it very well; but it is Bellow’s genius to see the lobsters “crowded to the glass” and their “feelers bent” by that glass–to see the riot of life in the dead peace of things.
A charismatic entrepreneur, an ex-con turned devout Christian, and the politicians who championed them.
The story of a $36 billion Ponzi scheme in Minnesota.
THEY SAY YOU never hear the one that hits you. That's true of bullets, because, if you hear them, they are already past. But your correspondent heard the last shell that hit this hotel. He heard it start from the battery, then come with a whistling incommg roar like a subway train to crash against the cornice and shower the room with broken glass and plaster. And while the glass still tinkled down and you listened for the next one to start, you realized that now finally you were back in Madrid.
Notes from the campaign trail in Nevada with Ron Paul.Part of Longform.org's guide to the 2012 GOP field at Slate.
What are the foreign policy views of Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney?
No one argues before the Supreme Court more than Tommy Goldstein.
Henry Heimlich saved untold choking victimes when he invented his maneuver in 1974. Since then, he’s searched in vain for another miracle treatment—pushing ethical boundaries along the way. Now at the end of his career, Heimlich has hired an investigator to find an anonymous critic working full-time to destroy his legacy.
One of most popular Libyan figures amongst Western intellectuals and democracy advocates is… Qaddafi’s second son, Saif.
Reporting from Kuwait on the week of its liberation, a brutal account of the atrocities committed during seven months of Iraqi occupation.
“For the first time since the Civil War, the United States has a political party that is ideologically cohesive, disciplined, and determined to take power, even at the cost of disrupting the political system.”
How a young state rep from Missouri, seemingly guaranteed political greatness, ended up behind bars.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, oil magnate and once the richest man in Russia, delivers a speech from prison, where he has lived since 2003.
Why our entire understanding of copyright is due for an overhaul.
Sandinista, reverend, and president of the U.N. General Assembly.
Anesthesiologists, in hugely disproportionate numbers compared to other doctors, are getting high.
After a racial hazing incident, the first black head of South Africa’s University of Free State confronts the myths of the reconciliation era.