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‘The History of Hollywood in Under 10 Minutes’, A Video Crash Course in Cinema From 65 A.D. to the Present

“The History of Hollywood in Under 10 Minutes” by Cinefix is a relatively brief lesson in the history of cinema that begins with the discovery that …

Cosmology

Bashar Al Assad: Profile of Syria's Mass Murderer

In 1982, not long after his father's military pulverized a town called Hama, Bashar Al Assad got a jet ski.<p>It was the tail end of one of the …

Middle East

A Mission Gone Wrong

Why are we still fighting the drug war?<p>One night in May of 2012, a Honduran police inspector received a phone call from an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, a man he knew as Tony. Tony told him to get his men ready. They were about to intercept a large cocaine shipment, one of many …

The American Who Gave His Life to Chairman Mao

On the dictator's 120th birthday, Sidney Rittenberg—whose life story entwines with the turbulent history of the People's Republic—describes his interactions with the man who still dominates China 37 years after his death.<p>From 1944, when the 23-year-old Sidney Rittenberg first arrived in China with …

Michael Pollan

Activists hoped President Obama would fight for stronger regulation. Eight years later, they’re still waiting.<p>It’s legal to buy poppy seeds in …

Jesse Willms, the Dark Lord of the Internet

How one of the most notorious alleged hustlers in the history of e-commerce made a fortune on the Web<p>If you want to get a sense of Jesse Willms at his absolute peak—the wealth, the lifestyle, the aura of swaggering invincibility—then the weekend of November 12, 2010, is where we want to begin. That …

Viewed from the outside, the murder castle was simply a big ungainly building, one of the architectural monstrosities common in the nineties. But its interior, honeycombed with trap doors and secret passageways and walled-up rooms, was the fulfillment of every small boy’s dream of a haunted house. If ever a house was haunted, that one on Chicago’s South Side should have been. To this day, fifty years later, nobody knows precisely how many persons were murdered in it. Estimates range from twenty to a couple of hundred. Most, if not all, were women. It is believed that they were …

1895 mugshot of Herman W. Mudgett, alias H. H. Holmes, “an old hand at corpse manipulation and insurance fraud.”<p>Viewed from the outside, the murder …

July 2013

Tag: Heists

Ray Bowman and Billy Kirkpatrick, who began boosting together as teenagers, were arrested only twice during their prolific partnership. The first …

Silent War

On the hidden battlefields of history’s first known cyber-war, the casualties are piling up. In the U.S., many banks have been hit, and the telecommunications industry seriously damaged, likely in retaliation for several major attacks on Iran. Washington and Tehran are ramping up their …

Seasteading

To get to Ephemerisle, the floating festival of radical self-reliance, I left San Francisco in a rental car and drove east through Oakland, along the …

Peter Thiel

Our Orgiastic Future | Jack Hitt

Audio brought to you by curio.io, a <i>Lapham’s Quarterly</i> partner<p><b>P</b>recisely when the ancient primates who preceded us <i>Homo sapiens</i> actually turned the …

Chimpanzees