James Cairns

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Ann Coulter Is a Human Being

Outrage culture was invented to annihilate people like Ann Coulter, but instead it's reinvigorated her career.<p>In a corner booth at a popular Los Angeles Mexican restaurant called El Coyote, Ann Coulter and her friends are celebrating the completion of the professional conservative's latest book,</i> …

Corn Wars

On September 30, 2012, agents from the FBI contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago with an urgent …

What Is Killing America’s Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?

There was a moment last year when beekeeper Jim Doan was ready to concede defeat. He stood in the kitchen of his rural New York home, holding the …

The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones

LONGFORM REPRINTS<p><i>This article, an excerpt from</i> The Secret Parts of Fortune, <i>is reprinted on Longform by permission of the author.</i><p>Take a look at that …

‘No Place for a Kid to Go’

ProPublica • Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Comment<br>• Donate<br>‘No Place for a Kid to Go’ In Long Beach, California, a group home for troubled children …

Crime

Underworld

How the Sinaloa drug cartel digs its tunnels.<p>At 8:52 <i>P.M.</i> on July 11th, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, sat on the bed of his cell in Altiplano, Mexico’s only super-maximum-security prison. Surveillance footage appears to show a small screen glowing on a table …

Mexico

At War in the Garden of Eden

Nael Marcus Nissan sat smoking with his legs spread on a burgundy couch in an abandoned home in the village of Baqofa, 15 miles from the Islamic …

The Pixar Theory of Labor

<i>by James Douglas</i><p>A lot of Pixar films come packaged with a quasi-humanist narrative hook that enables the public digestion of their work. Viewers …

The Rise of ‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto

What probably started with David Lynch and Twin Peaks, in the early 1990s, continued through a run of great shows—The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, …

Getting Reacquainted With the World After Decades in Prison

In the New York Times Magazine, Jon Mooallem follows two ex-convicts who pick up inmates the day they are released and help then navigate through …

IHOP

Pirates on the ‘Postmodern Ocean’ Are Getting More Professional

Piracy and armed robbery at sea are on the rise, according to Deutsche Welle, which noted “the increasing professionalism of the pirates” in a recent …

Krakauer’s <em>Missoula</em> and the scrutiny of reporters who cover rape

<b>On May 6, Jon Krakauer arrived</b> in Missoula, Montana, to attend what was billed as a “public forum” about his new book, <i>Missoula: Rape and the Justice</i> …

Paris Review - Salman Rushdie, The Art of Fiction No. 186

Interviewed by Jack Livings<p>Issue 174, Summer 2005<p>Salman Rushdie as a boy in Bombay.<p>Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay in 1947, on the eve of India’s independence. He was educated there and in England, where he spent the first decades of his writing life. These days Rushdie lives primarily in New …

Tools of the Writer’s Trade: A Reading List

What are the stories behind our storytelling tools?<p>1. “Ungumming the Keys.” (B.J. Hollars, The Rumpus, September 2014)<p>The author purchases a …

Field Geology: An Interview with Rivka Galchen

By Alice Whitwham June 11, 2014<p>Photo: Sandy Tait<p><i>In 2008, Rivka Galchen published</i> Atmospheric Disturbances<i>, a novel about a psychiatrist who wakes up one day to discover that his wife has been substituted by a replica. He subscribes to the delusions of a patient (who believes he can control the</i> …

Paris Review - Chris Ware, The Art of Comics No. 2

Interviewed by Jeet Heer<p>Issue 210, Fall 2014<p>Self-portrait by Chris Ware<p>When you first approach Chris Ware’s house in Oak Park, Illinois, on the western edge of Chicago, it seems like the essence of tree-lined Midwestern normality. Inside, though, it’s a mini-­museum, or perhaps a curiosity shop. …

The Dying Russians

Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS …

The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys

In a society that demands sons at almost any cost, some families are cutting their daughters’ hair short and giving them male names.<p>Mehran, age 6, first arrived at her kindergarten in Kabul as Mahnoush, in pigtails and a pistachio dress. When school shut down for a break, Mahnoush left and never …

Computer programmed to write its own fables

More than 2,000 years after Aesop warned his listeners in ancient Greece about the dangers of greed and pride via the medium of geese, foxes and crows, researchers in Australia have developed a computer program which writes its own fables, complete with moral.<p>Margaret Sarlej, at the University of …

Murakami’s understated triumph: What Japan’s most celebrated writer knows that American novelists don’t

<b>Haruki Murakami (AP/Stan Peska)</b><p>Our literary landscape is obsessed with epiphanies and fancy sentences–but he couldn’t be more different<p>Laura Miller<p>August 6, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>In recent years, the novels of Haruki Murakami have fallen into two general types: mammoth and intricate doorstops filled …

You Are Now Entering the Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann

One morning, in 2000, while I was working as an editor for Henry Holt, a manuscript contained on several compact disks was delivered to my office. …

Books

The New Face of Richard Norris

For fifteen years, Richard Norris had a face too hideous to show. Then, one day, a maverick doctor gave him a miracle too fantastic to believe. Richard got a face transplant, a new life, and a new set of burdens too strange to predict. What's it like to live with a face that wasn't yours—and that …

Goya’s Disasters of War: The truth about war laid bare

Goya’s unflinching cycle of drawings, The Disasters of War, are the most searing works of art ever to deal with conflict, argues Alastair Sooke.<p>It is one of the ironies of art history that the destruction of World War I inspired so many painters and sculptors to be more creative than they had ever …

Twin Peaks: What made it so good?

It’s nearly 25 years since David Lynch brought his vision of small-town kooks and serial murder to TV screens. BBC Culture serves up a cherry pie filled with its key ingredients.<p><b>Americana</b><p>Twin Peaks expresses a vision of America filtered through the genre tropes of Hollywood film and TV storytelling …

Twin Peaks

Going undercover with a cult infiltrator

Nobody ever joins a cult. One joins a nonprofit group that promotes green technology, animal rights, or transcendental meditation. One joins a yoga …

June 2014