Jack Hayden Vaughan

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Kubrick 'Could Mind-Fuck You Quite Easily' Says One of His Oldest Friends

Ahead of the new documentary 'Filmworker,' which shines a light on their relationship, we sat down with the master director's longtime confidante Leon Vitali.<p>Would you forfeit your career to advance someone else’s? What if that someone else was a bonafide genius—the type of rarified talent that …

Stanley Kubrick

The All-American Bank Heist

Written by David Kushner, GQ<p>Friday October 1st, 2010<p>It's a weekly occurence these days: the kooky bank robbery as seen on the local news. But every …

Crime

The 99% Is a Myth—Here's How It Breaks Down

When it comes to the division of wealth, many Americans believe that the country is split between the 1%, which possesses a significant share of the country’s money, and the 99%, or “the people.” In reality, <i>The</i> <i>Atlantic</i> writer Matthew Stewart argues, 9.9% of the population comprises America’s new …

Wealth

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Paul Thomas Anderson, Greta Gerwig, and 8 More Great Screenwriters Share Their Best Advice

From Issa Rae to Rian Johnson to Nancy Meyers, The Austin Film Fest's "On Story Project" has hosted in-depth screenwriting conversations with some of …

Film Festivals

A Beginner’s Guide to Hawaii’s Otherworldly Lava

Here’s what scientists and native Hawaiians see in the sublime molten fire.<p>There is something remarkable about the lava spurting out of Kilauea, the miles-wide shield volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island that fissured anew last week.<p>It cuts across roads, forming berms of black and smoldering rock. It …

Geology

The Doting Boyfriend Who Robbed Armored Cars

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue with the headline “The Sting,” and originally appeared on the web with the headline "The …

Crime

California’s Water Whiplash Is Only Going to Get Worse

In December 1861, as a California drought was wearing into its fifth year, farmers on the West Coast were all asking for one thing for Christmas: …

Climate Change

The Chameleon

The many lives of Frédéric Bourdin.<p>On May 3, 2005, in France, a man called an emergency hot line for missing and exploited children. He frantically explained that he was a tourist passing through Orthez, near the western Pyrenees, and that at the train station he had encountered a fifteen-year-old …

The Delay

After an 11-year-old Navajo girl was kidnapped, her family and friends sprang into action to find her. Why did it take so long for law enforcement to join them?<p>The first day I was in Shiprock, New Mexico, a horse made the front page of the local newspaper<i>.</i> The dark bay with a white stripe down its …

Crime

'Time is elastic': an extract from Carlo Rovelli's The Order of Time

I stop and do nothing. Nothing happens. I am thinking about nothing. I listen to the passing of time. This is time, familiar and intimate. We are taken by it. The rush of seconds, hours, years that hurls us towards life then drags us towards nothingness ... We inhabit time as fish live in water. …

Physics

Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current

And that could mean trouble.<p>The ocean currents that help warm the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America have significantly slowed since the 1800s and are at their weakest in 1,600 years, according to new research my colleagues and I have conducted. As we’ve set out in a new study in <i>Nature</i>, …

Global Warming

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Former U.S. Army Sniper, 2 Other Soldiers Accused of Becoming International Hitmen

(NEW YORK) — A former U.S. Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers agreed to become contract killers for an international crime boss who …

The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch

<b>He's a pitcher, part yogi and part recluse. Impressively liberated from our opulent life-style, Sidd's deciding about yoga—and his future in baseball.</b><p>…

The Longform Guide to Manhunts

Stories about looking for people who don't want to be found.Christopher Goffard | The Los Angeles Times | Oct 1997[Full Story]

Tampa Bay

Porambo

The night Ron Porambo was shot in the head, he told his wife that he was going out to meet a friend. It was late, but that was when the 44-year-old …

The Hollywood Followers of Nxivm, a Women-Branding Sex Cult

Its founder, Keith Raniere, was just arrested in Mexico. But the controversial cult Nxivm has also attracted many rich and famous followers over the …

Before They Disappear - Mountain Ranch by Michael Crouser

For photographer Michael Crouser, photography isn't just all about the images. Learning and reflection are equally important in the process.Read More

Photography

Would you choose a partner based on their 'citizen score'?

<b>Imagine if everything you did on Facebook or Twitter counted towards a government-imposed 'citizen score'.</b><p>All your online behaviour would be analysed and assessed to come up with a measure of your online reputation, character and trustworthiness.<p>This could then be used by employers to decide …

China

SXSW Sees Flashes of ‘Stranger Things’ in First-Ever Indie TV Section — Watch

Kids, mysteries, and monsters featured prominently in the inaugural Independent Episodic lineup, and you can already watch some of the entries right …

Michio Kaku picks five books to help you understand the future

Science is the engine of prosperity. From the industrial revolution (powered by the steam engine), to the electric revolution (which lit up our cities), to the current computer revolution (which connects us all), science creates wealth and progress. Now, to predict the future of society, we have to …

Singularity

You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2018

<i>For years, the #longreads hashtag on Twitter has been filled with great story recommendations from people around the world. Pravesh Bhardwaj is a</i> …

Time I

The 'Genome Hacker' Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person Family Tree

Huge crowdsourced genealogy databases are inspiring new genetics research.<p>Yaniv Erlich has been a white-hat hacker and a geneticist at Columbia University, and now he works for a genealogy company.<p>This unusual career trajectory has led, most recently, to a 13-million-person family tree unveiled …

Inside a Broken Police Department in Flint, Michigan

The street lights are out. The porch lights are off. The empty houses and vacant lots are illuminated by headlamps and siren strobes and police-cruiser searchlights, flashes of color amid myriad shades of gray. The murder victims are both black and white, as are the perps, in handcuffs, and the …

Crime

'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'

<b>Pauline Dakin's childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn't allowed to talk about her family life with anyone - and it wasn't until she was 23 that she was told why.</b><p>There was always something unusual about Pauline Dakin's family.<p>"My brother …

Positive Thinking

Blockchain: A Very Short History Of Ethereum Everyone Should Read

Even those who are not familiar with blockchain are likely to have heard about Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency and payment system that uses the technology. Another platform called Ethereum, that also uses blockchain, is predicted by some experts to overtake Bitcoin this year.<p><b>What is Ethereum?</b><p>Ethereum …

Cryptocurrency

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

The Encyclopedia of the Missing

Jeremy Lybarger | Longreads | 4,160 words (17 minutes)From the outside, it’s just another mobile home in a neighborhood of mobile homes on the …

Crime