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And You Thought Trump Voters Were Mad

American women are furious.

Rebecca Traister | The Cut | Sep 2018
Overdose and Punishment

When Chad Baker died from a lethal combination of cocaine and heroin, prosecutors charged Tommy Kosto, his friend and fellow drug user, with killing him—a tactic from the Reagan-era war on drugs that is gaining popularity around the country.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram

What the press secretary believes.

Paige Williams | New Yorker | Sep 2018
The Good Word of Gucci Mane
Skinny, sober, happily married, and seemingly full of radiant light, Gucci’s become an improbably inspiring public figure, a beacon of serenity and gratitude for positivity-starved times.
Alex Pappademas | GQ | Sep 2018
The Talented Mr. Khater

A 23-year-old living in Chile was suddenly attacked and buried alive by her roommate. She later learned she wasn’t his first – or last – victim.

The Real Goldfinger: the London Banker Who Broke the World

The invention of offshore banking.

Conspiracy Theories Inspire Vigilante Justice in Tucson

How one man’s imagined discovery of a sex-trafficking camp in the Sonoran Desert gained life online — and in the real world.

How Maya Rudolph Became the Master of Impressions

A profile.

He Was a First-Round Draft Pick in the NBA. 14 Years Later, He Was Found Dead. Who Killed Lorenzen Wright?

A long-dormant police investigation gives the case new life.

Nathan Fenno | LA Times | Sep 2018
Descend Into Great Britain’s Network of Secret Nuclear Bunkers

In the mid-20th century, Great Britain maintained a network of 1,500 underground, volunteer-staffed bunkers in case of nuclear war. Now, one man is restoring two of these abandoned shelters to period-perfect condition.

Country Pride: What I Learned Growing Up in Rural America
For me, country was not a look, a style, or even a conscious attitude, but a physical place, its experience defined by distance from the forces of culture that would commodify it.
Sarah Smarsh | The Guardian | Sep 2018
The Country's First Climate Change Casualties?

Scientists predict Tangier Island could be uninhabitable within 25 years. This is the story of the people willing to go down with it.

Fiction Pick of the Week: "Mae and Me"

After her husband’s disappearance, a woman bonds with her landlady.

What Happened at the Lake

A father took his 10-year-old fishing. She fell in the water and drowned. It was a tragic accident—then he was charged with murder.

The Deferential Spirit

On Bob Woodward’s “rather eerie aversion to engaging the ramifications of what people say to him.”

The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney

“It is not so difficult to get Paul McCartney to talk about the past, and this can be a problem. Anyone who has read more than a few interviews with him knows that he has a series of anecdotes, mostly Beatles-related, primed and ready to roll out in situations like these. Pretty good stories, some of them, too. But my goal is to guide McCartney to some less manicured memories—in part because I hope they’ll be fascinating in themselves, but also because I hope that if I can lure him off the most well-beaten tracks, that might prod him to genuinely think about, and reflect upon, his life.

And so that is how—and why—we spend most of the next hour talking about killing frogs, taking acid, and the pros and cons of drilling holes in one’s skull.”

Chris Heath | GQ | Sep 2018
A Warning From Europe: The Worst is Yet to Come

Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.

How Chinese Baseball Came to North Texas

Hanging out with the AirHogs of Grand Prairie.

Eric Benson | Texas Monthly | Aug 2018
It Was Like There Was a Fog in the Sky Only I Could See

Immigrants from Africa and the iron gateways of mass deportation.

Ashoka Mukpo | Popula | Aug 2018
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.

“We need a new language for talking about poverty. ‘Nobody who works should be poor,’ we say. That’s not good enough. Nobody in America should be poor, period.”