Between Hell and History
On Don DeLillo’s Underworld.
On Don DeLillo’s Underworld.
After the 1919 Black Sox scandal, Ring Lardner, America’s first great sportswriter, walked away from the game.
On the mysterious relationship between a major New York State power broker and a Brooklyn family. “The Turanos are variously described by friends, neighbors and colleagues as the senator’s social acquaintances, lovers or surrogate relatives.”
The swinging life and boozy death of the original ladies man, and the story of “the coroner that tampered with his cold, lifeless venereal warts.”
On the ground in post-disaster Japan.
On the many lives and careers of Owsley Stanley (1935-2011), chemist, sound design innovator, and outback jeweler, whose name appears in the OED as a synonym for “a particularly pure form of LSD.”
Intended for cremation, 244 bodies are instead harvested for organs and tissue. The story of the families of the dead, the men who profited off the scheme, and the unwitting recipients of black market body parts.
If you hit a bar or restaurant in South Miami, there’s a good chance Eddie Santana has waited tables there. And then sued. Sometimes after only a single day on the job.
A profile of Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead, and the upcoming Superman series.
On reservations, where policing hardly exists, bruiser-for-hire vigilantes are often the first choice for justice.
A young black gentrifier gets lumped in with both groups, often depending on what she’s wearing and where she’s drinking. She is always aware of that fact.
The story of the 2010 NCAA championship game between Duke and Butler, and what would have been greatest shot in college basketball history.
Working with nothing but an Internet connection, a couple of cellphones and a steady supply of weed, the two friends — one with a few college credits, the other a high school dropout — had beaten out Fortune 500 giants like General Dynamics to score the huge arms contract.
On January 27th in Lahore, an American named Raymond A. Davis stopped his Honda Civic and shot two Pakistani men, then made a failed attempt to flee. Beyond those basic facts, little is agreed upon, and the murders have ignited a diplomatic crisis, which only intensified with the revelation that Davis was a CIA subcontractor.
An undercover report on Afghanistan’s drug-smuggling border police that is now heavily used for intelligence training.
An artifact from the era when MySpace was king.
How smartphones are changing a continent.
A profile of Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue and break-out star of The September Issue.
Barry Michels is Hollywood’s most successful therapist cum motivation coach with an approach that combines Jungian psychology, encouraging patients to embrace their dark side, and “three-by-five index cards inscribed with Delphic pronouncements like THE HIERARCHY WILL NEVER BE CLEAR.”
Peter Zumthor, who recently won the Pritzker Prize after a career of few buildings and mostly modest-in-size projects, on the “architecture of actually making things”
The long, happy, surprising life of 77-year old Donald Gary Triplett, the first person ever diagnosed with autism.
A Red Sox fan profiles the Yankee captain.
A group of scientists started tracking thousands of British children born during one cold March week in 1946. Those children are now 65 and the data generated through careful tracking of their life history has become extremely valuable.
Depending on who you ask, Mohammed Jawad was either 12 or 17 when he was detained. Nobody disputes that he spent seven years at Guantánamo before he was exonerated. The story of a boy who grew up as a detainee.
Is Dr. Drew’s “Celebrity Rehab” therapy or tabloid voyeurism?