Los Angeles Fire Season Is Beginning Again. And It Will Never End.
A bulletin from our climate future.
A bulletin from our climate future.
The roots musician is inspired by the evolving legacy of the black string band.
In 1936, Karp Lykov whisked his family into the Siberian wilderness to escape Bolshevik persecution. They remained there, alone, until discovered by a helicopter crew in 1978.
On losing your mom.
Dee Dee Blancharde was a model parent: a tireless single mom taking care of her gravely ill child. But after Dee Dee was killed, it turned out her daughter Gypsy had never been sick at all.
Editor’s note: Dean is a contributor to Longform.
What happens when a great deal of cocaine suddenly washes up on the shores of a very small island.
Ideas on labor and capital have remained fixed while the means of production grow ever more alienating.
On the curious life of Archibald Butt, confidant to President Taft and tragic victim of the sinking Titanic.
As much as the narrative of Butt’s heroism meant to the family, to the White House, to the military, it seems all too cinematic. The reality is that the experience was probably a great annoyance to him, right up until the moment it became a nightmare.
How well-meaning donations end up fueling an unproven, virtually unregulated $2 billion stem cell industry.
A co-founder makes the case for government intervention.
An unexpected visitor—a camel—helps a woman cope with personal and political turmoil.
How Trumpism operates on the knowledge that some people can get away with anything, and how it offers a false promise to extend that privilege to white kids everywhere
How the most expensive and unstoppable invasive plant crisis inspires madness and panic.
Christine Kenneally has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Monthly. Her 2018 Buzzfeed article, “The Ghosts of the Orphanage,” was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
"I understood that the abuse was a big part of the story. But the thing that really hooked me and disturbed me and I wouldn’t forget was the depersonalization that went on in these places. It wasn’t just that the records had been lost along the way. It became really clear that the information was intentionally withheld, and it was all part of just this extraordinary depersonalization that happened to these kids.”
A confrontation with masculinity gone awry.
A very Florida investigation.
The need for a new letter on an old manual machine leads the author to the shop of Martin Tytell — repairman, historian, and high priest of typewriters.
On July 11, 2002, the researchers revealed that they had synthesized the polio virus, which had been wiped out in the US in 1979. It was the first time a virus had been created from scratch with synthetic DNA. The work was funded by the Pentagon in part to establish whether terrorists could pull off such a feat. The answer was yes.
For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”
He spent years scrimping and saving. But without a will, where’s his money going?
A Washington family’s nightmare year.
Inside the struggle to survive in a tiny Honduran neighborhood surrounded by competing gangs.
The timeless allure of looking through other peoples stuff.
A profile of the actor following a car accident that left him briefly in a coma and ultimately with a settlement so large he never has to work again.
On the shared life of Tatiana and Krista Hogan:
The girls’ doctors believe it is entirely possible that the sensory input that one girl receives could somehow cross that bridge into the brain of the other. One girl drinks, another girl feels it.