How America Lost the War on Drugs
An anatomy of a failure.
An anatomy of a failure.
A 16-year-old journalist goes on tour with a band on top. The article that inspired Almost Famous.
”In West Antarctica, scientists have discovered the engine of catastrophe.”
On the road with the comic after a bitter divorce.
On the underground doctors unleashing the healing powers of hallucinogens.
A profile of America’s new education secretary.
Ahmed Naji’s novel was not overtly political, but the “protagonist performs cunnilingus, rolls hash joints and gulps from bottles of vodka” which led a lawyer to press charges against him for causing a fluctuation in his blood pressure when the novel was excerpted in a Cairo newspaper, even though it had been approved by censors.
The American students hopped across the border for a night of partying in Matamoros. One didn’t return and was found later in a shack with 14 other corpses.
The Vice President’s days in Indiana.
“We have a lot in common. We go to the same shrink.”
How the Robin Hood of gamblers got ensnared in a money laundering scheme led by former football players.
A Manson-contemporary cult group rises out of a jug band, builds a fortress in the Boston ghetto, bullies control of a community newspaper, swallows a successful actor, fractures, splits for California, and attempts to describe to the reporter the enigma that is Mel Lyman.
He stole over $1 million in chips – then checked himself into casino’s hotel to live like a king.
"His friends remembered when Richard became famous. It was the year the hippies came to San Francisco. Richard had published one novel, A Confederate General from Big Sur, but it had sold miserably 743 copies and his publisher, Grove Press, had dropped its option on Trout Fishing in America."
How legends of the American music industry made millions off the work of Solomon Linda, a Zulu tribesman who wrote “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and died a pauper.
Stuart Redus and Fernando Torres were left for dead.
He was a nobody who became a porn star, a porn star who became a destitute freebaser, an addict who set up his dealer to be robbed, and finally witness to a retaliatory massacre at the house they called Wonderland.
How a group of Queens high schoolers changed music forever while barely managing to remain on speaking terms.
A profile of Andy Kaufman.
“One afternoon about three days ago the Editorial Enforcement Detail from the Rolling Stone office showed up at my door, with no warning, and loaded about 40 pounds of supplies into the room: two cases of Mexican beer, four quarts of gin, a dozen grapefruits, and enough speed to alter the outcome of six Super Bowls. There was also a big Selectric typewriter, two reams of paper, a face-cord of oak firewood and three tape recorders – in case the situation got so desperate that I might finally have to resort to verbal composition.”
How Jerry Lee Lewis got away with murdering 25-year-old Shawn Michelle Stevens, his fifth wife.
A conversation with Prince.
“As an American woman, I currently have less reproductive autonomy than I would have had the day I was born.”
How three friends and a team of frat brothers made a fortune smuggling people along the most heavily patrolled stretch of highway in Texas.
How the heir to the Hart wrestling dynasty burned every bridge from Canada to Mexico.