Tag: Los Angeles

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A Drug Rehab Mogul Built an Empire That's Now Being Probed by the FBI, DA, and State of California

He’s been accused of fraud, sexual assault, and using drugs. But for Chris Bathum, who doesn’t have prior experience treating people struggling with addiction, opening several facilities promising to do just that has been surprisingly easy—and lucrative.

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American Horror Story: The Cecil Hotel

She was a Canadian student whose travels brought her to the cheap hotel on Skid Row. The only clue in her disappearance was a strange elevator video in which she peeks and then gestures with her hands down an unseen hallway.

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Living Above the Store

Fuzzy memories of a house overlooking the Sunset Strip that played host to a generation of comics—including Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, and Robin Williams—launching dozens of careers and about as many drug problems.

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"No More! No More!"

The abusive relationship between a Bell Gardens mayor and his wife ends with her firing a gun.

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The Endless Fall of Suge Knight

His health failing and his business in tatters, the head of Death Row Records faces murder charges that could put him away for life.


Previously: Does a Sugar Bear Bite? (Lynn Hirschberg • New York Times Magazine • Jan 1996)
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Fly Trans-Love Airways

Rebellious teens on the Sunset Strip.


Reprinted by Longform and available online in full for the first time, this article also appears in Adler's new collection, After the Tall Timber.

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The Third Revelation of Father John Misty

The many lives of Josh Tillman, who on the way to releasing one of the year’s best albums was “a defiant child of God, a broke dishwasher, a successful drummer, a Dionysian shaman, a failed poet, a drug-hoovering spiritualist, and a gleeful prankster.”

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The End

We are all going to die. So what does it look like?

This article won the 2011 National Magazine Award for feature writing.
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Harry Major Took in Ex-Cons for Sex and Friendship. Then He Turned Up Dead.

“You probably don’t believe me, but I didn’t kill Harry.”

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The Best Monster

A hardcore night of Dungeons & Dragons with artist Zak Smith and his coterie of porn star players.

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The Man Who Fought the Synanon Cult and Won

Under the cover of curing addicts, they beat and brainwashed their charges in basements across California. When a cult deprogrammer crossed them, he found a rattlesnake in his mailbox.

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The Watts "Manifesto" & the McCone Report

On the anger that led to the Watts Riots of 1965, the mistakes made during those six days in August, and how little changed afterward.