The Hidden Toll of the Golden State Killer

He raped and murdered dozens of people in California from the 1970s to 1980s. In his wake, a community was brought together by terror.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jul 22, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,700 words)

All-American Despair

“It’s easy to bash white middled-aged men in America. As a member of that privileged group, I’ll admit that much of the bashing has been warranted: No group in the history of the world has been given and squandered more than the white man. Yet the American white man is responsible for enough suicides annually that Madison Square Garden could not hold all the victims. And no matter how privileged, that’s somebody’s dad, someone’s friend, someone’s brother and someone’s husband.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 30, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,368 words)

This Is How Human Extinction Could Play Out

The climate is changing. It will change our world irrevocably. If the scale of the change is too staggering, maybe we need something in addition to science: “But artists can register scale. They can transpose the fact of melting ice to inundated homes and bewildered lives, gauge it against long history and lost future.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Apr 9, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,095 words)

The Trouble With Johnny Depp

“Multimillion-dollar lawsuits, a haze of booze and hash, a marriage gone very wrong, and a lifestyle he can’t afford – inside the trials of Johnny Depp.”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jun 21, 2018
Length: 41 minutes (10,398 words)

Lou Reed, Poet: A New Book Sheds Light on the Late Icon’s Literary Side

Before he gave himself to rock and roll, the Velvet Underground frontman was a college poet who studied journalism and cofounded a literary magazine named for an Ornette Coleman song. After the Velvets disbanded, Reed briefly left music for literature once again.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,914 words)

Surviving R. Kelly

In the most recent of a more than 20-year long catalogue of R. Kelly’s alleged abuses against women, a former girlfriend speaks out speaks out about the terrifying years she spent with the singer.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Oct 23, 2017
Length: 23 minutes (5,796 words)

Trans, Teen and Homeless: America’s Most Vulnerable Population

Laura Rena Murray chronicles the dangers trans teens face as they attempt to create a life for themselves while living in the streets of New York City.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Sep 26, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,652 words)

Punk Poet Eileen Myles on Combating Trump, Capitalism With Art

A profile of punk poet Eileen Myles, who has a new memoir out, Afterglow, and whose first autobiographical novel, Cool for You, has recently been re-released with an introduction by I Love Dick author Chris Kraus.

Myles (who prefers gender-neutral pronouns) has been publishing since the 70s, but has lately been experiencing a new wave of popularity, and gathering new young fans, because of their Twitter presence, and also because of the character inspired by them on Transparent. Myles speaks with interviewer Helena Fitzgerald about the importance of poetry and art as forms of resistance right now, under the current U.S. presidential administration.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Sep 11, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,320 words)

The Brutal Rise of El Mencho

Mexico’s most widespread, violent drug cartel has $20 billion dollars in savings, owns half the Jalisco police and keeps expanding. Instead of growing heroin or marijuana, they manufacture methamphetamine, which has a higher profit margin and requires no open fields. They flew under the DEA’s radar by selling in Europe, Asia and Australia instead of the US. They’re based in a coastal regionwith busy shipping ports and even used submarines to avoid detection. They have a complete disregard for human life. They’re called the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG, and they’re very successful.

Author: Josh Eells
Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Jul 11, 2017
Length: 26 minutes (6,634 words)

Chris Rock in a Hard Place: On Infidelity, His New Tour and Starting Over

Stephen Rodrick goes on tour with the comedian as Rock grapples with post-divorce life and preparations for a new comedy special.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 3, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,227 words)