What I Pledge Allegiance To
Reckoning with the American flag.
Reckoning with the American flag.
In a Los Angeles suburb where schools and parents faltered, the American Dream was replaced by drugs, neo-Nazism, and despair.
Banned in Russia and cut by Condé Nast from the GQ website, this story (presented in full) details the intrigue behind the Moscow apartment bombings, blamed on Chechens, that allowed Putin to rapidly ascend to power.
In 1980, a bankrupt gambler came up with a plan to get his money back. He built an incredibly complex bomb, one that was impossible to defuse and that only he knew how to move, and snuck it into a Lake Tahoe casino with an extortion note demanding $3 million. Part of the plan worked. Part of it did not.
Inside an IRL cult built on Facebook memes and semen-drinking.
A prostitution and sex trafficking ring operated on the outskirts of a U.S. Navy base in Bahrain and may have involved 15% of the sailors stationed there.
Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. For generations, black Americans have fought to make them true.
The story of the loneliest whale in the world.
“Peril is generational for black people in America—and incarceration is our current mechanism for ensuring that the peril continues.”
A non-fiction comic on the evolution of military and civilian style amid the ‘forever war.’
Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich has an increasingly prominent role. He still has ties to his family’s investment firm, which is a major beneficiary of the Treasury’s bailout actions.
Open source materials suggest that, for now, the apocalyptic, anti-government politics of the “Boogaloo Bois” are not monolithically racist/neo-Nazi. As we have observed, some members rail against police shootings of African Americans, and praise black nationalist self defense groups.
But the materials also demonstrate that however irony-drenched it may appear to be, this is a movement actively preparing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, and anyone else who would restrict their expansive understanding of the right to bear arms. In a divided, destabilized post-coronavirus landscape, they could well contribute to widespread violence in the streets of American cities.
“Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”
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.
Black patients were losing limbs at triple the rate of others. The doctor put up billboards in the Mississippi Delta. Amputation Prevention Institute, they read. He could save their limbs, if it wasn’t too late.
A 17,000-word exploration of the Sahara Desert, the hottest place on Earth.
When she was a 15-year-old runaway, the writer was nearly killed by a truck driver. Twenty-seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker was truck stop serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who often kept his victims chained in the back of his truck for weeks before killing and dumping them.
The explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on earth.
“We know we down in this shithole together.”
A profile of Marlon Brando, 33, holed up in a hotel suite in Kyoto where he was filming Sayonara.
In American baseball, flipping your bat is frowned upon. In South Korea, it’s an art.
On the then-new phenomenon of dead downtowns.
“It is not only for amenity but for economics that choice is so vital. Without a mixture on the streets, our downtowns would be superficially standardized, and functionally standardized as well. New construction is necessary, but it is not an unmixed blessing: its inexorable economy is fatal to hundreds of enterprises able to make out successfully in old buildings. Notice that when a new building goes up, the kind of ground-floor tenants it gets are usually the chain store and the chain restaurant. Lack of variety in age and overhead is an unavoidable defect in large new shopping centers and is one reason why even the most successful cannot incubate the unusual--a point overlooked by planners of downtown shopping-center projects.”
The strange life of a 16-year-old model.
A young dealer goes on the lam after selling multiple masterpieces to several buyers simultaneously.
The story of one of the great final acts in sports history.