Sandy Jenkins was a shy, daydreaming accountant at the Texas headquarters of Collin Street Bakery, the world’s most famous fruitcake company. He was tired of feeling invisible, so he started stealing — and got a little carried away.
Brian Chavez was supposed to be the one who made it out of Odessa. It didn’t turn out that way.
Previously: The original "Friday Night Lights" article, from 1990, reprinted on Longform.
On the ground with a young Texas doctor who travels the state to provide abortions.
When rival gangs confronted each other in the parking lot of a Hooters-esque restaurant, bullets flew. But was the whole a police setup?
How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for a previous incident of violence involving a female student.
On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.
Hanging out with a member of the paranoid, nativist extreme right-wing.
An investigation into the mass graves in Texas that contain the remains of migrants.
A dispatch from Eloise Woods, a natural burial ground where bodies are consigned directly to the earth.
Doc was a medical student in his 40s, but he spent his nights with the teenagers who hung around his San Antonion apartment complex, buying them drugs and booze. The first time he asked one of them to ritualistically kill him, they laughed it off. He would ask again.