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Tim Elfrink | Miami New Times | Feb. 23, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,237 words)
A rivalry between two boxers becomes a one-sided case study in obsession and jealousy, culminating in a fatal bullet wound. Elfrink relays both men’s stories in the wider context of South Florida’s boxing history.
Joshua Hammer | GQ | Feb. 22, 2016 | 23 minutes (5,859 words)
Last year, a young pilot crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing the crew and 144 passengers. Hammer investigates how it happened.
Jacob Weisberg | New York Review of Books | Feb. 25, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,200 words)
Smartphone use has grown faster than any other consumer technology in history. But has our transformation into “device people” corroded our humanity?
Michael Hobbes | Huffington Post | Feb. 25, 2016 | 22 minutes (5,697 words)
A thoughtful essay on effective philanthropy.
Sarah Resnick | n+1 | Feb. 22, 2016 | 45 minutes (11,340 words)
A powerful essay on heroin and harm-reduction that centers on the author’s relationship with her uncle, who is a recovering addict and long-term methadone user.