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Lance Armstrong: The Downfall of a Champion

In 2013, Lance Armstrong confessed that he had cheated to win the Tour de France. The moment marked the breathtaking fall of an athlete who had transformed himself from a brash and undisciplined…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 7, 2013
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4240 words)

The Week’s Best Longreads for May 3, 2013

The coming-out story that rocked basketball—and the world. The Guantanámo Memoirs Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Slate
PUBLISHED: May 4, 2013


In the early hours one morning last September, Lu Lobello rose from his bed, switched on a light, and stared into the video camera on his computer. It was two-thirty. The light cast a yellow pall on…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 29, 2012
LENGTH: 35 minutes (8959 words)

One of Us

These are stimulating times for anyone interested in questions of animal consciousness. On what seems like a monthly basis, scientific teams announce the results of new experiments, adding to a…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3453 words)

My brother’s life, unraveled

My brother, Anthony, killed himself on a cool Thursday afternoon in April, a few weeks before his medical school graduation. He was 26.He was staying with our parents in the New York suburbs. On his…
PUBLISHED: March 12, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5470 words)

Up All Night

Some people can’t go to sleep until late; others can’t sleep in. Both suffer “social jet lag.” Illustration by Nishant Choksi. Nathan
PUBLISHED: March 11, 2013
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3247 words)

In the Footsteps of a Killer

Fifty rapes. Ten murders. Two identities. One man. From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known,…
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7635 words)

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Weekend Reading: The Royal Family, Domestic Violence, and Burning Man

I was halfway through Hilary Mantel’s London Review of Books essay about the royal family when I emailed it to several friends under the subject line “Is Hilary Mantel the best writer…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 16, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (612 words)