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How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump

An analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes the case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.

Jane Mayer | New Yorker | Sep 2018
Tiger Woods, the Man. Amen.

A profile of Tiger Woods at 21.

Charles P. Pierce | GQ | Mar 1997
The Pioneer of Ruin

The woman who moved to a ghost town.

Varieties of Ether

On the relationship between rivalry and creativity.

The Kick Is Up and It’s...a Career Killer

The precarious existence of NFL placekickers.

Michael Lewis | Play | Oct 2007
What Termites Can Teach Us
Put a few termites into a petri dish and they wander around aimlessly; put in forty and they start stampeding around the dish’s perimeter like a herd. But put enough termites together, in the right conditions, and they will build you a cathedral.
Gotta Dance!

Frankie Manning was the greatest swing dancer alive. Then the world forgot about him.

Elizabeth Gilbert | GQ | Dec 1998
Here Was a Plague

The Aids crisis as it unfolded in America is an object lesson in the danger, the potential violence, inherent in organized prejudice.

The Right to Bear Arms (And Say Shocking Stuff on Facebook)

Christopher Daniels’ political beliefs got him in trouble. Though the FBI won’t comment, he is likely the first person ever imprisoned for being a “black identity extremist.”

Peter Simek | D Magazine | Sep 2018
The Disappeared

Police on Long Island wrote off missing immigrant teens as runaways. One mother knew better—and searched MS-13’s killing fields for answers.

Hannah Dreier | ProPublica | Sep 2018
Fiction Pick of the Week: "Fire Season"

Two friends contend with mistakes both past and present.

Jad Josey | Little Fiction | Sep 2018
How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music

An in-depth history of the most important pop innovation of the last 20 years, from Cher’s “Believe” to Kanye West to Migos.

Simon Reynolds | Pitchfork | Jul 2018
What Do We Owe Her Now?

Twelve years ago, Amber Wyatt reported her rape. Few believed her. Her hometown turned against her. The authorities failed her.

How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich

A year after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, the 51st state has become the favorite playground for extremely wealthy Americans looking to keep their money from the taxman. The only catch? They have to cut all ties to the mainland (wink, wink).

Jesse Barron | GQ | Sep 2018
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
Years from now, we will look back in horror at the counterproductive ways we addressed the obesity epidemic and the barbaric ways we treated fat people—long after we knew there was a better path.

On parenting a sick child.

Rob Delaney | Medium | Sep 2018
The Amazing Return of the Yabloner Rebbe

An astonishing true story of a man’s encounter with fate

Pini Dunner | Tablet | Sep 2018
Ballots and Bloodshed

The militarization of local politics in South Africa.

Meow Wolf’s Magic Kingdom

How a ragtag group of artists launched an art-entertainment empire.

How Asia Got Crazy Rich

Toward a materialist history of the blockbuster movie.

Andrew Liu | n+1 | Sep 2018