Wil S. Hylton

Wil S. Hylton is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at New York. His first book, Vanished, describes the mysterious disappearance of an American military airplane during World War II and the relentless effort by scientists and explorers to locate its missing crew. Hylton appeared on the Longform Podcast in February 2014. His full portfolio of magazine work, including articles from Harper's, Esquire, GQ and Rolling Stone, is hosted on Longform.

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The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa

Seventy years after three of the bloodiest days in U.S. history, the battle continues to bring the missing men home.

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Dark Winter

Ten years after anthrax attacks, biodefense is busted.

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The Origin of Species

How Craig Venter’s bugs might save the world.

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Dr. No

Dr. Tom Coburn is a United States Senator. He doesn’t want your vote.

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Not Necessarily the News

How Sinclair Broadcast Group bent the rules, bought politicians, and faked the news to become one of the largest independent owners of television stations in America.

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The Big, Bad Wolfowitz?

A profile of then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.

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Hot Enough for Ya?

“Ligurta Station, Arizona. The hottest town in America. It’s 120 in the shade. Can you dig it? Ron can. He’s been out here for the past five years, carving out his own little slice of heaven.”

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Where Is Willem Dafoe Going?

He doesn’t really know. Never really has, actually, and that’s the way he likes it.

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Benny of the Bull

A profile of Benicio Del Toro.

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Who Owns This Body?

“The U.S. patent code was never meant to cover your genes, your cells, your blood, or the marrow in your bones. But it does. And the worst thing is, it’s too late for you to do anything about it. You’ve already been sold.”

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Guilty

The tormenting of Wen Ho Lee.

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The Education of Charlize Theron

“Charlize Theron is anxious. Not greatly anxious, not distraught, but still. Anxious.”