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Thesis Hatement

Illustration by Luke Pearson Who wouldn’t want a job where you only have to work five hours a week, you get summers off, your whole job is reading and talking about books, and you can never be fired?…
PUBLISHED: April 5, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (684 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)


Sometimes, when you dig into the Earth, past its surface and into the crustal layers, omens appear. In 1676, Oxford professor Robert Plot was putting the final touches on his masterwork, The Natural…
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8126 words)

Spirit Guide

LETTER FROM ISLAY about the Bruichladdich whisky distillery. In 2000, Mark Reynier, a third-generation wine dealer from London, put together fifty investors, who paid six and a half million pounds…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 11, 2013
LENGTH: 1 minutes (410 words)

Misguided Nostalgia for Our Paleo Past

The Kobal Collection, Hammer Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966) The first thing you have to do to study 4,000-year-old DNA is take off your clothes. I am standing with Oddný Ósk…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 18, 2013
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4001 words)