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 The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, GQ and Rolling Stone, is hosted on Longform.

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American Deserter

There is one place in the world where AWOL U.S. soldiers who lost faith in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — long before their countrymen did — are most at risk right now. It’s Canada.

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A Bug in the System

Why last night’s chicken made you sick.

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American Nightmare

The shame of family detention camps on the U.S. border.

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The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand

How the author writes best-selling non-fiction books without the ability to leave her house.

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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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How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet

On an artist who’s spent nearly 50 years bending the rules of space and light, and his life’s work, an extinct volcano in Arizona where he has been developing a network of tunnels and underground rooms since 1974.

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The Land of Smoke and Fog

On the gentle art of pipe smoking.

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Broken Heartland

The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains.

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The Origin of Species

How Craig Venter’s bugs might save the world.

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Dark Winter

Ten years after anthrax attacks, biodefense is busted.

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A Just Desert

On the life of an American soldier AWOL in Canada.

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The Deepest End

What happened to Air France Flight 447?