Al Wilson

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The Spy Who Loved Me

An undercover surveillance operation that went too far.<p>I—JUNE 14, 2012<p>It was four o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, and Jacqui had just got home from work. She made a pot of coffee and took it out to the garden with the <i>Daily Mail</i>. It was the start of her weekend. The sun was out. She sat down at a …

Dirty Water: The Story of the Standells

Larry Tamblyn is one of the original members of the Standells, a group that recorded what many consider to be the first punk song, “Dirty Water," which is a 1965 ditty about how Boston is a shit hole. In honor of their upcoming spring tour around the...<p><i>Larry Tamblyn is one of the original members</i> …

The Short Flight Of El Pájaro, The Cuban Legend Who Played His Only Game In The Major Leagues 100 Years Ago Today

On May 16, 1913, revered shortstop Alfredo Cabrera played his one and only Major League Baseball game at Ebbets Field. Here's how a Canary Islander-turned-Cuban hero spent years earning his brief chance at American stardom — and what happened after it was over.<p>No one knows anymore what the A in …

The Hunt for El Chapo

How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.<p>One afternoon last December, an assassin on board a K.L.M. flight from Mexico City arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This was not a business trip: the killer, who was thirty-three, liked to travel, and often documented his journeys around …

Peter Marlow's Incredible Photos of Eerie Crises

Peter Marlow's career has covered everything from news photography and war reporting to street photography and a much-lauded collection of portraits. I spoke to him about spotting the moments and curiosity in all types of photography.<p><i>London, 1978. A National Front march</i><p>Peter Marlow's career has …

Street Photography

The Mysterious Death of Alfred Wright: Jasper's New Fight for Justice

In a town haunted by its racist past, a mysterious death prompts a search for justice.<p>Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm CST<p><b>On a rainy day in late …

Looking Back on 'The X-Files': A Reading List

I watched “The X-Files” in a Baltimore house I shared with eight people, at the end of days spent navigating the city’s shaky public transit system, …

Charlie Chaplin's Lost Novel

“What happened?”<p>“A nervous breakdown. I almost died.”<p>“And you’re still drinking?”<p>“Occasionally, when I think of things.” He smiled, “The wrong …

Why Are London's Homeless Scared of the Jesus Army?

We spent a night on their farm to see if they really are a "kidnap cult".<p>If you hang out much with homeless people in London, the Jesus Army tend to come up in conversation. They're basically a street team for the Jesus Fellowship Church, a neocharismatic evangelical movement who throw big God …

This Old Man

Life in the nineties.<p>Check me out. The top two knuckles of my left hand look as if I’d been worked over by the K.G.B. No, it’s more as if I’d been a catcher for the Hall of Fame pitcher Candy Cummings, the inventor of the curveball, who retired from the game in 1877. To put this another way, if I …

The Whistleblower's Last Stand

In Mike McQueary, some see a hero who brought down a monster. Others see a liar who railroaded a legend. Joe Paterno's former protégé has the final …

An American Seduction: Portrait of a Prison Town

(Top) On the road to High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California. (Bottom) The High Sierra Mountain Range overlooks the town.<p>It is March 1999. …

Straight Outta St. Johns | Tales from the city's edge

New York has Puff Daddy and Jay-Z. Southern California has Dr. Dre. In St. Johns, most up-and-coming rappers got their start under the tutelage of a …

Why repetition can turn almost anything into music – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

What is music? There’s no end to the parade of philosophers who have wondered about this, but most of us feel confident saying: ‘I know it when I …

What It's Like to Outrun Death: The Survival Story of a New Orleans Blues Legend

Barry Yeoman | The New New South, Creatavist | December 2013 | 52 minutes (13,100 words)<p><i>For our latest Longreads Member Pick, we’re thrilled to</i> …

Why Audio Never Goes Viral

Last October, several dozen audiophiles gathered in a basement auditorium for an all-day conference about “the future of radio in a digital age.” …

Social Media

The Beatles' Early Failures in America

Transglobal licensed “She Loves You” to a tiny indie, Swan Records of Philadelphia, which released it stateside on Sept. 16. Swan had even less …

Bad Cops

Rafael Perez’s testimony on police misconduct ignited the biggest scandal in the history of the L.A.P.D. Is it the real story?<p>Peter J. Boyer’s investigation into the Los Angeles Police Department is also the subject of a special report on “Frontline,” PBS’s news magazine. Boyer’s “Frontline” piece …

Jazz's Influence on the Beat Generation

These principal writers in various ways all tried to capture something of the flavor of jazz. Certainly Ginsberg and Kerouac. Kerouac wanted to write …

What Louis Armstrong Really Thinks

On October 31, 1965, Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong gave his first performance in New Orleans, his home town, in nine years. As a boy, he had busked on street corners. At twelve, he marched in parades for the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys, where he was given his first cornet. But he had publicly …

Gold In the Mud

THE TWISTED SAGA OF JAILHOUSE BOXER JAMES SCOTT'S BATTLE FOR REDEMPTION<p><b>by Brin-Jonathan Butler and Kurt Emhoff</b>   <p>I. From No. 57735 to No. 1<p>"Professional boxing is no longer worthy of civilized society. Quite frankly, I now find the whole subject of professional boxing disgusting. Except for the …

Jazz for Beginners: How to Listen to Jazz | The Art of Manliness

Jazz.<p>It’s the music that many men say they like, but don’t actually know anything about.<p>Which is a shame for a whole host of reasons.<p>For starters, …

Searching for Robert Johnson

In the seven decades since his mysterious death, bluesman Robert Johnson’s legend has grown—the tragically short life, the “crossroads” tale of supernatural talent, the genuine gift that inspired Dylan, Clapton, and other greats—but his image remains elusive: only two photos of Johnson have ever …

George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …