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30 Years After the Palm Sunday Massacre, Christina Rivera and Joanne Jaffe Tell Their Story

The bodies were discovered throughout the first-floor railroad flat in Brooklyn, a bizarre still-life of death. Many of the victims remained seated in chairs or couches; one woman’s hands…
PUBLISHED: April 13, 2014
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2347 words)

Just Write It!

The writer George R. R. Martin left Hollywood in 1994, determined to do what he wanted for a change. He’d had some success in television, working on a new version of “The Twilight Zone” and on the…
PUBLISHED: April 11, 2011
LENGTH: 3 minutes (935 words)

A Call for Help

Plucking a few events out of the vastness of the world and declaring them to be the news of the day is a mysterious and complicated project. Sometimes what’s news is inarguable—the outbreak of war, a…
PUBLISHED: March 10, 2014
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1083 words)


On 5 January 2011, at 8.30 p.m., I was messing about at home when the phone buzzed on the sofa. It was a text from Jamie Byng, the publisher of Canongate. ‘Are you about?’ it said. ‘I have a somewhat…
LENGTH: 100 minutes (25067 words)

The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

In the fall of 1946,  a 508-foot ship steamed out of the port of Odessa, Ukraine. In a previous life she was called the Wikinger (“Viking”) and sailed under the German flag, but…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5113 words)

Red Alert

A Contentious Issue The big catch mentality may be to blame for the uptick in gunshot-related red wolf deaths, especially after controversial hunting rules passed by the North Carolina Wildlife…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 11, 2014
LENGTH: 3 minutes (955 words)

The Outlaw

“I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves.” So starts “Naked Lunch,” the touchstone novel by William S. Burroughs. That hardboiled riff, spoken by a junkie on the run,…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 3, 2014
LENGTH: 3 minutes (974 words)

This Is Danny Pearl's Final Story

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is walking toward me in a black prayer cap, a cream-colored tunic, and matching shalwar, or baggy pants. He’s hunched over, his beard dyed red, a symbol of piety to…
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7714 words)

Queen of the Tokyo Ballroom

Queen of the Tokyo Ballroom
PUBLISHED: Jan. 27, 2014
LENGTH: 1 minutes (309 words)