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Lost at Sea: the Man Who Vanished for 14 Months

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him—for 438 days.

The Czarlings: Putin's Daughters

Putin’s daughter Katerina has been attending college under the surname Tikhonova and is one of the top “acrobatic rock'n'roll dance” competitors in the world.

She is the also the rumored spouse of the son of one of Russia’s richest bankers. While Putin reported only $119,000 on last year’s tax return, his daughter’s fortune could now stretch into the billions.

Tent City, U.S.A.

A field study in homeless Fresno.

George Saunders | GQ | Sep 2009
Inside Job

How Raj Rajaratnam and a McKinsey chairman made millions off a maid.

Nilita Vachani | Caravan | Nov 2015
The Life and Times of Strider Wolf

When he was 2, Strider was severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. Today, at 6, Strider lives with his grandparents in rural Maine, in and out of poverty, trying to make it.

Charlie Brown Never Found His Little Red-Haired Girl, but We Did

The true love story of Peanuts.

Darryn King | Vanity Fair | Nov 2015
Politics and the New Machine

On the history of political polls, which have become more influential and less reliable over time.

Jill Lepore | New Yorker | Nov 2015
Eli Horowitz Wants to Teach You How to Read

A second act for the former head of McSweeney’s.

Living and Dying on Airbnb

After his father died in an Airbnb rental, the writer investigates what the company can do to improve safety.

Zak Stone | Matter | Nov 2015
Mary Gaitskill and the Life Unseen

A profile of the writer.

Playboy Interview: Snoop Dogg
“If I had been a straight-A student my whole life and had rapped about Jesus coming back to save us all, I wouldn’t get no media. The motherfuckers wouldn’t give a fuck about me. But since I’m telling the truth, and been through what I’m stressing and know what I’m talking about, I’m a threat.”
David Sheff | Playboy | Oct 1995
The Cop at the End of the World

Neale McShane’s jurisdiction in the Australian Outback is roughly the size of the United Kingdom. He patrols it alone.

Andrew McMillen | Buzzfeed | Nov 2015
The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous

While on a string of tour dates opening for Radiohead, interaction between Mark Linkous’ antidepressants and the Rohypnol he took to sleep caused him to pass out. A hotel maid found him the next morning bent into a position where his legs had been cut off from circulation. When they untangled, built-up potassium shot from his lower body upward, triggering a harmful chain reaction that caused a heart attack and kidney failure.

Max Blau | Pitchfork | Nov 2015
Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

Susan Orlean | Outside | Sep 1998
Can Airlines Make Money?

For decades, airlines failed to turn a profit despite having a monopoly on the sky. This year they’re expected to make billions. Here’s why.

Alex Mayyasi | Priceonomics | Nov 2015
This Is Why NFL Star Greg Hardy Was Arrested for Assaulting His Ex-Girlfriend

On May 12, 2014, Nicole Holder told Charlotte police that she had been assaulted by Greg Hardy. He was arrested, charged, and convicted. Then the case was dismissed on appeal. After a season out of the league, Hardy is playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones has called him a “real leader.”

This is the story, and the photos, of what happened that night.

Diana Moskovitz | Deadspin | Nov 2015
The Second Most Famous Thing to Happen to Hiroshima

How a Guatemalan cook ended up the master of okonomiyaki.

The Displaced: Hana

The daily life and dwindling hopes of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee.

Burt Reynolds Isn’t Broke, but He’s Got a Few Regrets

The 79-year-old actor, too creaky to get off the couch, interviewed at his palatial Florida mansion about love, fame, and how he’s in okay financial shape despite the fact that a surveyor is taking measurements of his house as he speaks.

Ned Zeman | Vanity Fair | Nov 2015
Out From Under

Shakiya Robertson thought she had found a way get her family a home. She moved in, fixed the place up, made all the payments. Then she, like thousands of others in Detroit, was told that the house she thought she had purchased wasn’t actually hers.

Allie Gross | Metro Times | Nov 2015