Ian Frazier

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Can Sylvia Earle Save the Oceans?

“As the world’s best-known oceanographer—Sylvia is to our era what Jacques Cousteau was to an earlier one—she feels a heavy responsibility. In her lifetime, she has seen the ocean damaged in ways humans never thought it could be. The ongoing disaster leaves her mournful, desolate, and sometimes scary to talk to. Since her first dive, in a sponge-diver’s helmet in a Florida river when she was 16, she has spent 7,000 hours, or the better part of a year, underwater.”

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The Last Days of Stealhead Joe

On the troubled, legendary Deschutes River fly-fishing guide.

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A Strangely Funny Russian Genius

“Russian humor is slapstick, only you actually die.”

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The Cabaret Beat

The article that kept the New Yorker alive was written by a debutante. Who happened to be married to Irving Berlin.

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A Kielbasa Too Far

If you don’t get sick, was it really a vacation?

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Hidden City

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

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Legacy of a Lonesome Death

In 1963, William Zantzinger was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Hattie Carroll and then immortalized – and somewhat defamed – by Bob Dylan. What’s he been up to since then?

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Typewriter Man

The need for a new letter on an old manual machine leads the author to the shop of Martin Tytell, now in his seventh decade as repairman, historian, and high priest of typewriters.

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Hogs Wild

A cultural history of feral swine.