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My Mother’s Lover

Twenty Questions The February after my mother died, my brother, Allen, left his New Mexico home and boarded a plane for Honolulu. He carried a backpack that carried a rosewood box that carried our…
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2011
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2223 words)

The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten documents reveal government lobotomy of U.S. troops.

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When We Are Called to Part

Speeding down the street is a car that I love. A Toyota station wagon—probably from the 1980s, but who can say—that used to be red or maroon but is now mostly gaping, rust-lined holes…
LENGTH: 3 minutes (942 words)

The Manhunt for Christopher Dorner

Manhattan Beach The man emerged from a charcoal-gray pickup and approached the hotel check-in counter. He wanted a room and the Internet pass code. He was 6 feet tall, with a weightlifter's build and…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3264 words)

Into The Zombie Underworld

I am not wealthy by American standards, but this article will probably pay me more than Madame Zicot could hope to earn in a decade. I wondered whether this money would not be sufficient to buy…
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1331 words)

7 Twitter Accounts for Outstanding Longreads

Longform journalism is far from dead. This may seem counterintuitive in the age of the 140-character Twitter update, but the digital world still demands quality, in-depth reporting — it's only…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (802 words)


Sixteen Tuesday, September 8, 7 AM: Just seven days to go. I awake in my apartment  in New Orleans, relieved to find no online indication of anyone wise to my location. Aside from…
LENGTH: 3 minutes (823 words)

Confessions of a Drone Warrior

From the darkness of a box in the Nevada desert, he watched as three men trudged down a dirt road in Afghanistan. The box was kept cold—precisely sixty-eight degrees—and the only light…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5489 words)

On the Ground With Syria's News Smugglers

From Antakya, the seat of the Turkish province of Hatay, it is a 40-minute drive to the town of Reyhanli, the last ten minutes of which follow the jagged line of the Syrian border. The border is…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3827 words)