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The Prism

Privacy in an age of publicity.<p>An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a revolutionary who’d been thrown in jail in Genoa, imprisoned in …

Reading List: 21 Outstanding Stories from Women's Magazines and Websites

Are women’s magazines avoiding “serious journalism”? Guess it all depends on who’s deciding what’s serious.<p>The New Republic asks that question in a …

My Mom Was An Underground Railroad For Abused Women: What She Taught Me About Feminism And Fear

I write about my mother often, not because she’s a role model or mentor or even because she’s my mother, but because she is an interesting person.<p>My mother has a completely irrational fear of June bugs, which are flying beetles the size of a nickel. People often claim June bugs are “blind” because …

Hung Up

I Tried Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet

View Slideshow<p>I have always been an admirer of Gwyneth Paltrow, I am not afraid to admit it. She was so good in my favorite movie, <i>A Perfect Murder</i>. I …

Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.

Mark with Houston at Houston's high school graduation in 2009Courtesy of the family<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free</i> …

The Killings in Kaufman

The focus on the Aryan Brotherhood intensified. Experts speculated about drug cartel involvement. The mystery of the assassinations drew national …

Our Radical Future: Cults, Utopias and Rebellions of the 1890s

<i>by Jacob Mikanowski</i><p>Women and prisoners of war from Canudos, Flávio de Barros, 1897<p>Canudos, the holy city. From the hills it had looked like a mirage. …

The Tale of John and Ann Bender and Their Quest for Paradise

The city of San José, Costa Rica, is a sprawling gray mess that doubles as the sex-tourism capital of Latin America.Thanks to legalized prostitution, parts of downtown look like Disneyland for horny, middle-aged Australians. The urban center is a mix of shopping malls, semi-rises, and fast-food …

Crime

Jon Ronson on America's most controversial psychic Sylvia Browne

<b>Day 1: At sea</b><p>It is Tuesday evening and I am on a luxury Mediterranean cruise ship called the Westerdam. I'm in the audience in the Vista lounge. A …

The Missionary Movement to 'Save' Black Babies

Last December, Care Net–the nation’s largest network of evangelical Christian crisis pregnancy centers–featured a birth announcement of sorts on the …

Motherhood: Six great articles on older moms, surrogate moms, moms who drink, and more.

<i>Every weekend, Longform shares a collection of great stories from</i> <i>its archive</i> <i>with Slate. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out</i></i> …

Laptop U

Has the future of college moved online?<p>Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking of Homer and the battles of the distant past. At seventy, he has owlish eyes, a flared Hungarian nose, and a …

Please Snort Me

Why hello there, sonny. You too, little miss. So you're the young whippersnappers that're living in good old Williamsburg, Brooklyn, now, huh?<p>Why hello there, sonny. You too, little miss. So you’re the young whippersnappers that’re living in good old Williamsburg, Brooklyn, now, huh? Well let me …

Time I

Tag: Con Men

When Clark Rockefeller snatched his daughter during a custody dispute, what the D.A. called “the longest con I’ve seen in my professional career” …

The Legend of Malacrianza

The sun has not risen yet over Garza, a tiny fishing village on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, but already there is movement. On one side of the town’s dirt road, the tide folds itself over the shore, and a monkey howls from behind the pink blossoms of a roble beech tree. On the eastern side, where …

The heartbreaking saga of Zhu Ling

In a grainy, black-and-white video of her final performance, Zhu Ling sweeps across the stage in a black skirt and white blouse before taking a seat …

Los Angeles

Crack Rock City

One afternoon, my friend Corine called to see if I felt like taking a walk. Corine was a Dutch photographer who’d been living in Detroit for nearly …

Hung Up

First Australians

Aboriginals had the continent to themselves for 50,000 years. Today they make up less than 3 percent of the population, and their traditional lifestyle is disappearing. Almost. In the homelands the ancient ways live on.<p><b>A finger across the throat and a glance seaward. That’s the signal. The two men</b> …