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How Chris McCandless Died

Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2589 words)

Charles P. Pierce on Obama's New Challenge with Race

Are you sitting down? Because this might come as a shock. Yes, it's true: Barack Obama is black. But the more shocking thing is that we have fooled ourselves into believing it doesn't matter. These…
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1995 words)

Pierce on What the GOP Can Buy for a Billion

Illustration by Katie Edwards COME BACK, DICK NIXON /// All is forgiven. And, oh, the Supreme Court says your crimes are now totally legal. (Sorry about all that!) In fact, this year we're going to…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1505 words)

Introduction: Europe Against the Left

 or most of the twentieth century, the hopes and frustrations of the global left were  stitched into the two red flags of communism and social democracy, political traditions marked…
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4316 words)

The Perils of Pauline

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PUBLISHED: Aug. 14, 1980
LENGTH: 2 minutes (559 words)

The Viscious Trademark Battle Over 'Keep Calm and Carry On'

In 2000, Stuart Manley, the owner of Barter Books of Alnwick, Northumberland, found a folded poster at the bottom of a box of random books he'd bought at auction. (Barter Books is a very famous…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 5, 2011
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2857 words)

Leap of Faith

AUTHOR:Ryan Lizza
PUBLISHED: Aug. 15, 2011
LENGTH: 3 minutes (928 words)

Making the Memorial

"It’s taken me years to be able to discuss the making of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, partly because I needed to move past it and partly because I had forgotten the process of getting it built. I would not discuss the controversy surrounding its construction and it wasn’t until I saw the documentary Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision that I was able to remember that time in my life. But I wrote the body of this essay just as the memorial was being completed—in the fall of 1982. Then I put it away…until now."
PUBLISHED: Nov. 2, 2000
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4994 words)