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Paradise Lost

Inside the most destructive fire in American history—and why the West’s cities and towns will keep on burning.

Kyle Dickman | Outside | Dec 2018
Iraq's Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge

The corruption and cruelty of the state’s response to suspected jihadis and their families seem likely to lead to the resurgence of the terror group.

Ben Taub | New Yorker | Dec 2018
A Conversation With a False Rock God

Jered Threatin tried to fake his way to fame and got caught red-handed. Or did he?

Jessica Lussenhop | BBC | Dec 2018
Merv Curls Lead

Wealthy businessman Merv Bodnarchuk put together the dream team of curling. Then he put himself in the lineup.

Guy Lawson | Saturday Night | Apr 1999
American Ghostwriter

On writing memoirs for the rich.

His Only Living Boy

Roger Stringer testified against his son Zac in the fatal shooting that killed his younger child. Now he believes Remington’s defective rifle is to blame.

Casey Parks | The Trace | Dec 2018
My Dad's Friendship With Charles Barkley

How a cat litter scientist from Iowa ended up in an NBA star’s inner circle.

Shirley Wang | Only a Game | Dec 2018
After Newtown Shooting, Mourning Parents Enter Into the Lonely Quiet

What happened next for the Barden family.

Children of Ted

Two decades after his last deadly act of ecoterrorism, the Unabomber has become an unlikely prophet to a new generation of acolytes.

Meet the Safecracker of Last Resort

Charlie Santore sees Los Angeles from the inside, by breaking into safes whose owners can no longer unlock them.

I’m Still Here

On learning to live with the urge to die.

Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Fifth Season"

Christmas memories, lost love.

Joe Galván | Barrelhouse | Dec 2018
In the Ashes of Ghost Ship

He helped build an artists’ utopia. Now he faces trial for 36 deaths there.

How the IRS Was Gutted

An eight-year campaign to slash the agency’s budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment. The result: billions less to fund the government. That’s good news for corporations and the wealthy.

Paul Kiel | ProPublica | Dec 2018
The Unbelievable Tale of a Fake Hitman, a Kill List, a Darknet Vigilante... and a Murder

Hitman-for-hire darknet sites are all scams. But some people turn up dead nonetheless.

Gian Volpicelli | Wired UK | Dec 2018
Demon Underneath

The rise and fall of fraudster John DeLorean.

Covering the Cops

A profile of Edna Buchanan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for the Miami Herald during its heyday.

Calvin Trillin | New Yorker | Feb 1986
A Very North Idaho Neighborhood Culture War Christmas!

How one man’s quest to spread Christmas cheer led to a miserable four-year war with his neighborhood

The Warhead and the Well

Tracing an airstrike halfway around the world back to an American bomb factory.

Two Identities, One Man

The story of $800 million hedge fund fraudster Boaz Manor who led the alleged $31 million Blockchain Terminal ICO after disguising his identity with a beard.

Frank Chaparro | The Block | Dec 2018