The Longform Guide to Adaptations
The Perfect Storm, Argo and Dog Day Afternoon — a collection of great articles that became (mostly) great movies, presented by MUBI. Think life is too short for bad films? Try MUBI, a different kind of streaming service, free for 30 days.
The Suspects Wore Louboutins
The motley gang of L.A. teens that cat-burgled celebrities, sometimes repeatedly, in search of designer clothes, jewelry, and something to do.
Film: The Bling Ring
An orchid-enthusiast goes to battle in Florida.
Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night
Nearly 20 years after its publication, the author revealed that this story, on the disco scene in Brooklyn, was a fake.
Film: Saturday Night Fever
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The man who blew the whistle on big tobacco.
Film: The Insider
The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon
Adventures in bartending.
Film: Coyote Ugly
Six young men, a boat, and the worst gale in a century.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
At age 22, the author went undercover at his old high school. Here’s what he found.
The Boys in the Bank
A young Brooklyn man attempts a bank robbery to finance his lover’s sex change surgery.
Film: Dog Day Afternoon
Hanging with surfer girls in Maui.
Film: Blue Crush
Drag racing in New York.
Film: The Fast and the Furious
At 25, Stephen Glass was a reporter wunderkind, regularly filing incredible pieces for the largest magazines. When suspicion fell on his sources, things started to really get strange. It wasn’t just sources and organizations he was inventing, but whole stories.
The Great Escape
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran.