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The Road to Damascus

While a Marine stationed in Afghanistan, Austin Tice decided he wanted to become a war photographer. He entered Syria and filed stories for McClatchy and the Washington Post. Then he disappeared.

Sonia Smith | Texas Monthly | Oct 2015
Terrence Howard's Dangerous Mind

“He’d gotten hold of this notion that one times one doesn’t equal one, but two. He began writing down his logic, in a language of his own devising that he calls Terryology. He wrote forward and backward, with both his right and left hands, sometimes using symbols he made up that look foreign, if not alien, to keep his ideas secret until they could be patented.”

What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
‘‘Just imagine what it was like to be him,’’ Walton added. ‘‘It was 50 years of him being 18 inches taller than everyone and having the brain that he had. Imagine being this jazz head coming up during black power. This is just a dude who has a different head.’’
Fiction Pick of the Week: "We Men of Science"

A story of science, weirdness, and alternate realities.

The Murder House

What really happened at 2475 Glendower Place.

Jeff Maysh | Medium | Sep 2015
Cattle Calls

There’s a new endangered species in rural America: veterinarians.

Ted Conover | Harper’s | Sep 2015
Burning Down the Mouse

Going “Full Mickey” at Disneyland.

Heather Havrilesky | Matter | Sep 2015
The Imam’s Curse

The family accused of funding the Pakistani Taliban.

Evan Osnos | New Yorker | Sep 2015
A Theory of Jerks

Distilling the moral essence of jerkitude.

Eric Schwitzgebel | Aeon | Jun 2014
Who Killed the 20th Century’s Greatest Spy? | Simon Parkin

Who was Ashraf Marwan working for when he fell to his death from the balcony of a London flat?

Simon Parkin | The Guardian | Sep 2015
Two Years After KONY 2012, Has Invisible Children Grown Up?

After a non-profit’s documentary about a central African despot became the most viral video of all time, the founder had a nude nervous breakdown on the streets of San Diego. Now he’s back.

Jessica Testa | Buzzfeed | Sep 2015
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

“Peril is generational for black people in America—and incarceration is our current mechanism for ensuring that the peril continues.”

Was Tom Hayes Running the Biggest Financial Conspiracy in History?

A profile of jailed trader Tom Hayes, who was either behind the Libor scandal or became its fall guy.

The Elmore Leonard Story

How the prolific crime novelist did his work.

“If You Start From the Premise of Refusing to Be An Asshole, Then a Lot of Other Decisions Kind of Make Themselves.”

An interview with Steve Albini on art, commerce, and ethic.

An American Void

A trailer and the people who lived with Dylann Roof in it before he killed nine people in a Charleston church.

Mystic Nights

The making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville.

A Dying Young Woman’s Hope in Cryonics and a Future

Kim Suozzi, who died at 23, chose to have her brain preserved for future revival. It’s not as far-fetched a prospect as you’d think.

Amy Harmon | New York Times | Sep 2015
Mike Nichols’s Life and Career

An oral history.

Sam Kashner | Vanity Fair | Sep 2015
Homo Naledi

The discovery of a new human ancestor, hidden in a hard-to-access cave.