You Are the Product
A critique of Facebook.
A critique of Facebook.
A hundred years ago, in the midst of an American food crisis, two spies who had once sworn to kill each other came together with a plan to feed America: hippo meat.
A profile of the writer.
On June 4, 1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle, and Christe were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath, and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable.
On coming to see your home country the way the rest of the world does.
Excerpted from Notes on a Foreign Country.
The women of the alt-right.
Two decades later, a traffic stop on a country road is still teaching police officers about deadly force – and the cost of hesitation. Part 1 of “The Trigger and the Choice,” a 3-part series.
A professor conducts a lifelong racial experiment.
A woo-hoo heard around the world.
Five hundred feet below ground with Ohio coal miners.
I followed them underground, home, to church, to the strip club where they drink and gossip and taunt and jab and worry about one another. I listened while they worried about Smitty, the loner of the group, who had just ordered himself a mail-order woman.
“These documents show how Palantir applies Silicon Valley’s playbook to domestic law enforcement. New users are welcomed with discounted hardware and federal grants, sharing their own data in return for access to others’. When enough jurisdictions join Palantir’s interconnected web of police departments, government agencies, and databases, the resulting data trove resembles a pay-to-access social network—a Facebook of crime that’s both invisible and largely unaccountable to the citizens whose behavior it tracks.”
David Gessner is the author of ten books. His latest is Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth.
“The ambition got in my way at first. Because I wanted my stuff to be great, and it froze me up. But later on it was really helpful. I’m startled by the way people don’t, you know, admit [they care] … it seems unlikely people wouldn’t want to be immortal.”
A youth wasted on pro-level ultimate frisbee.
The lives of six people who survived the atomic bomb.
When Michael Deng joined an Asian-American frat, he was searching for belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead.
“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.”
How one girl saved a football season in a small, rural town in Texas.
A two-part story on Bill Gates and his revolutionary machine.
Young-adult books are being targeted in intense social-media callouts, draggings, and pile-ons — sometimes before anybody’s even read them.
An ode to the guitarist.
A mom looks back on the “brief but wondrous experience” of raising her son Mattie, a little boy poet with a devastating rare disease who earned a following around the world.
How the heaviest man in the NFL survived a life of pain and transformed his body after falling in love.
Emmanuel “Toto” Constant, the founder of a barbaric Haitian paramilitary group, vanished from Port-au-Prince and resurfaced as a real estate agent in Queens.
ShyShy Pate has been missing for 19 years, but you’ve probably never heard of her.
The complicated life and death of Hideki Irabu, a pitcher who was supposed to become a Yankee legend and found heartache instead.