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The Surprising Success of America’s Oldest Living Magazine

The Surprising Success of America’s Oldest Living Magazine Words by Marin Cogan <br>Photographs by Sarah Rice <br>Illustrated by Kaley McKean <br>,<b>For a few days</b> …

Mesopotamia

Can You Arrest People Before They Commit Crimes?

Can You Arrest People Before They Commit Crimes? Words by Sam Dean <br>Photographs by Philip Cheung <br>Illustration and Animation by Ebon Heath <br>The …

Law Enforcement

The Limits of Empathy

The Limits of Empathy Words by Rose Eveleth <br>Scientist Oliver Lodge, 1934. Austrian Archives/Imagno/Getty Images <b>On March 10, 1876,</b> Alexander Graham …

Virtual Reality

The 62-Year-Old Child Genius

The 62-Year-Old Child Genius Words by Peter Andrey Smith <br>Photographs by Zach Gross <br>A double exposure portrait of Bates and a circuit board. Bates …

Education

Where Big Bows Come From

Where Big Bows Come From Words by Steven Blum <b><br>I’M SITTING IN THE LOBBY</b> of a bow studio, surrounded by bow loops of various sizes and dispositions. …

Lincoln Continental

On Being ‘Young, Gifted, and Black’

On Being ‘Young, Gifted, and Black’ Words by Alexis Coe <br>Curator: Janicza Bravo <br>To accompany this story, we asked filmmaker ,<b>Janicza Bravo</b>, to curate …

Black History

‘Their Spirits Were Trapped in Those Masks’

‘Their Spirits Were Trapped in Those Masks’ Words by Avi Steinberg <br>AT FIRST GLANCE, the storage area of<br>Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of …

Ulysses S. Grant

The Mesmerizing World of Homemade Weapons

The Mesmerizing World of Homemade Weapons Words by Davy Rothbart <br>Photographs by Colby Katz <br>A collection of homemade weapons made for Death Matches by …

Martial Arts

Holiday Food Through History, Explained

Holiday Food Through History, Explained Words by Tove Danovich <br>Photo Illustrations by Katherine Streeter <br>Every<br>Thanksgiving we spend $2.4 billion on …

Mount Vernon

What Happened to Putin’s Face?

What Happened to Putin’s Face? Words by Dayna Evans <br>Putin during a press conference on November 11, 2017, in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Photo by Mikhail …

Russia

The Twisting History of Blood on Film

The Twisting History of Blood on Film Words by Kevin Lincoln <br>Suspiria, 1977. (Courtesy 20th Century Fox Film Corp/Everett Collection)<b>What color is</b> …

Moby Dick

Faces of Death (And Larry David)

<b>THERE IS A HEAD</b> in Sarah Wambold’s closet, right on top of her laundry basket.<p>A friend from college served as the model for the sculpture, made with …

Conan O'Brien

The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror

<b>HISTORY DOES NOT RECORD</b> what a bunch of Long Island newspaper reporters thought they would hear on February 13, 1976, as they were hustled into a …

Crime

The True Crime Story Behind a 1970 Cult Feminist Film Classic

<b>THEY MET IN NEW ORLEANS JUST BEFORE MARDI GRAS,</b> in 1959. He was part-owner of a French Quarter bookshop. She was looking for a job. He was 30. So was …

Crime

The Story Behind the Chicago Newspaper That Bought a Bar

<b>BY 1976,</b> <b>REPORTER PAM ZEKMAN</b> was well-acquainted with the everyday corruption that permeated Chicago. <i>After all, the city was so well-known for shady</i> …

Journalism

An Extremely Close Reading of Pop Song Duets

<b>MOST SONGS give you only one perspective:</b> She will always love you. Billie Jean was not his lover. You can check out of “Hotel California” but you …

Relationships

Panic at Penn Station

Panic at Penn Station Words by Lucy McKeon <br>Illustrated by Lucas Adams <i><br>This post originally appeared in our</i> <i>Off Topic Newsletter</i><i>.</i>

Penn Station

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Watch

1.<p><b>On July 2017,</b> a visitor to the Museum of Capitalism contributed a watch (from here on referred to as “our watch”) to the museum’s artifact drive. …

eCommerce

‘Rashomon’ and the Problem with Truth

‘Rashomon’ and the Problem with Truth Words by Wesley Morris <br>Illustrated by DR. ME <b><br>THE FIRST THING YOU HEAR</b> anybody say in <i>Rashomon</i> is “I just don’t …

Akira Kurosawa

The Girl Detectives

The Girl Detectives Words by Marin Cogan <br>Photographs by Alex Welsh <br>The student crime solvers take their work very seriously. Some even hope to go …

Crime

The Female Condition

The Female Condition Illustrated by Kate Copeland <br>Words by Rebecca Stoner <b><br>IN CERTAIN WAYS</b> the definition of the word “female” is being dismantled—a …

Feminism

Female Bank Robbers

Female Bank Robbers Words by Patrick Hoffman <i><br>Do women rob banks?</i>I was lying in bed six months ago when that question passed through my mind. I’d been …

Crime

The Magic of Animal Menopause

The Magic of Animal Menopause Words by Ferris Jabr <br>Illustrated by Jennifer N. R. Smith <b><br>THOUGH SHE WAS 41,</b> nearing the end of a typical lifespan for a …

Whales

There Were So Many Women Who Paved the Way

There Were So Many Women Who Paved the Way Words by Mary Pilon <br>Photo Illustrations by Lizzie Gill <b><br>WITH A BRASH CHICAGO ACCENT,</b> a sailor’s grasp of …

Gloria Allred

How to Get Away with Spying for the Enemy

How to Get Away with Spying for the Enemy Words by Sarah Laskow <br>Ronald Rewald, left, watched as then-Deputy City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle described …

Notes on Detention Camp

Notes on Detention Camp Words by Brianna Nofil <br>,<b>IN 1948, COLUMNIST FREDDIE FRANCISCO</b> ,posed a series of questions to readers of the ,<i>San Francisco</i> …

Immigration

Conduct Yourself

Conduct Yourself Photographs by Jeenah Moon <b><br>GOOD PRESS HAS BEEN HARD</b> to come by for the New York City subway system of late. It's the largest in the …

City Halls

Trump and the Dove

Trump and the Dove Words by David Goldenberg <br>Photographs by William Coupon <b><br>DONALD TRUMP, LIKE ANY HEAD OF STATE,</b> is one of the most photographed …

Donald Trump

Baby Boy Trump’s First 100 Days: A Scrapbook

Baby Boy Trump’s First 100 Days: A Scrapbook By Michael Tunk <b><br>DAY 1</b><b>BABY'S FIRST INAUGURATION</b>A crowd of 50 or 500—who’s to say? But it was a big day for …

Cute Animals

The Inheritance Tax

The Inheritance Tax Words by Namwali Serpell <br>Illustrated by Lauren Tamaki <b><br>WHITE MEN, WHITE MEN, WHITE MEN.</b> They’re everywhere these days: young ones …

Relationships