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‘Ugh. I miss it.’

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7 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
Some days, Army vet Derric Winters still acted like he was back in Afghanistan. Most days, he wished that he were.

Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius

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148 mentions6 days ago 6 days ago
Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the countercult...

Chinese Football: My Season with the Chongqing Dockers

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30 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
A crisis of cultural identity—not to mention offense, defense, and special teams.

The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town

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7 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
For five long and very strange years, death haunted tiny Dryden, NY, a town near the Finger Lakes where a plague of car accidents, suicides, and even grisly murders involving two popular cheerleaders just kept mounting up.

Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change

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20 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
For 20 years, climate policy has centered around one goal: making sure we don't get more than 2°C of global warming. That goal is looking increasingly delusional.

Burkhard Bilger: The Dark and Dangerous World of Extreme Cavers

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12 mentions7 days ago 7 days ago
Caving is both the oldest of pastimes and the most uncertain. It’s a game played in the dark or on an invisible field. Deep caving demands what Bill Stone calls siege logistics. It’s not so much a matter of conquering a cave as outlasting it.

It’s Adventure Time

52 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
The bizarre magic of the world’s greatest kid’s—is it for kids?—television show.

High Tech

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15 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis.

Segregation Now

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35 mentions4 days ago 4 days ago
In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.

Dexter Filkins: What We Left Behind in Iraq

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8 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
The capture of Iraqi territory by Islamic extremists, barely two years since the last American soldiers left, has prompted an extraordinary wave of soul-searching in Iraq and the United States. Among many Iraqis, the concern is that their country is falling again into civil war, and that it ...

What's Wrong With Sentimentality?

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15 mentions2 weeks ago 2 weeks ago
A conversation with Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams

Evaporated in Syria, the World’s Most Dangerous Place for Journalists

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25 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
James Harkin picks up the trail of two colleagues who vanished in 2012.

The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back

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1 day ago 1 day ago
Across the U.S., fast food workers are asking: “What am I worth?”

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You: The BeyHive

11 mentions5 days ago 5 days ago
You don't have to be a Beyoncé fan to be impressed by her success. But the depth of devotion shown by her most ardent supporters is just as stunning and intriguing as the singer's own flawless image.

The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

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23 mentions1 day ago 1 day ago
What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy?

The Mental Life of Plants and Worms, Among Others by Oliver Sacks

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4 mentions7 days ago 7 days ago
We all distinguish between plants and animals. We understand that plants, in general, are immobile, rooted in the ground; they spread their green leaves to the heavens and feed on sunlight and soil. We understand that animals, in contrast, are mobile, moving from place to place, foraging or ...

Longform Reprints: The Rise and Fall of a Super Freak by Mike Sager

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4 mentions1 week ago 1 week ago
Rick James was one of the biggest names in the music industry—until he discovered freebase cocaine. An interview with the former King of Funk at Folsom Prison leads to a friendship with the author. His autographed copy of this book was found beside his deathbed.

Sherpas, Death, and Anger on Everest

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14 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
The worst accident in Everest’s history underscores an unfortunate reality: ascents have gotten safer for Westerners, but not for Sherpas.

Elite prostitutes in 18th-century Paris, and the detectives who watched their every move.

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5 mentions6 days ago 6 days ago
An hour with a prostitute costs on average $150, though prices can range from as low as $5 for a single sex act to $1,000 an hour, the going rate for “high-end” online escort services in Miami. Many of those in the sex trade were encouraged by family ...

What Michael Did

4 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
Twelve years ago, Michael Stewart developed a serious mental illness and killed someone he loved. He was found not criminally responsible, a verdict that has come under scrutiny as victims’ families have expressed outrage at a system that seeks to rehabilitate and release people like Stewart.

The Ism and the Alcohol

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3 mentions6 days ago 6 days ago
A year and a half ago, I published my first essay on addiction. You’d think having gotten sober at age seventeen would have been fodder for plenty of personal essays, but it took me twelve years to...

Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

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3 mentions1 week ago 1 week ago
What do refund lenders see when they look at poor neighborhoods?

Bonfire of the Humanities

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12 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
Nobody goes to Timbuktu, right? Patrick Symmes did, to discover what happened when jihadi rebels set out to burn one of the world’s finest collections of ancient manuscripts. Bouncing around by truck, boat, and boots, he got an intimate look at West ­Africa’s most mythic locale.

Meet the Bag Man: How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money

36 mentions6 days ago 6 days ago
How some college football players are bought, in the words of a man who delivers the money.

The Faulkner Truthers

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3 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
"I am the best in America, by God," William Faulkner wrote to his editor in 1939, and history has only confirmed that he was not deceived as to the quality of h