Stephen Colbert dressing for a rehearsal of “The Colbert Report.” More Photos » There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish. The main…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 4, 2012
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5654 words)
While beatings in police custody have been common in Kandahar for as long as there have been police, a number of Afghan and international officials familiar with the situation there told me that Raziq has brought with him a new level of brutality. Since his arrival, Raziq has launched a wave of arrests across the city in coordination with the government intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security. One human-rights official who has conducted prison visits in Kandahar told me that the number of prisoners is up more than 50 percent since Raziq’s arrival.
Frank Bill usually traffics in fiction that hits with the revelatory power of fact—the stories of his debut book, Crimes in Southern Indiana, have the power of bristling frontline reports on the havoc methamphetamines have wreaked on the American heartland. But here Frank steps out from behind his fiction to tell us about a time in southern Indiana when meth was but an exotic treat that came in the mail to only the most enterprising drug dealers. The intervening years would bring all variety of twisted darkness to Corydon, Indiana, but as Frank makes clear here, even in that more innocent time, those looking for trouble—and even those running away from it—had a pretty good chance of finding it.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2011
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3512 words)
The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Welcome to the 46th annual Angola Prison Rodeo, the Wildest Show in the South! Its 9 a.m. and Im driving through the gates of Louisiana State Penitentiary, otherwise known…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3577 words)