Long-form Journalism

One drug dealer, two corrupt cops and a risky FBI sting

Davon Mayer was a smalltime dealer in west Baltimore who made an illicit deal with local police. When they turned on him, he decided to get out – but escaping that life would not prove as easy as falling into it. By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee<p>On a humid summer day in 2004, Davon Mayer stepped out of his …

Journalism

Scientific Conferences are Filled with Spies

Nations have long done battle with one another in different ways. These days they spy from satellites and send viruses to corrupt government …

Journalism

In Pursuit of Cartoonish Perfection in a Japanese Rice Bowl

Like so much of the exuberant food imagery that I’m drawn to in anime, the katsudon in “Yuri!!! on Ice,” a series about a competitive figure skater in his early 20s, appeared as a less detailed but somehow more vivid version of itself. A Japanese rice bowl capped with golden slices of pork cutlet, …

Journalism

The Superweirdo Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

It was 394 days before the scheduled release of “Thor: Ragnarok,” and at 4:30 in the morning, the movie’s director, Taika Waititi, was already dressed for another long day: knit cap, dapper wool shirt buttoned up to the neck, cup of coffee in hand. He was three months into the shoot for this $180 …

The Arts

My Date with Hollywood

<i>Monica Drake | Longreads | October 2017 | 14 minutes (3,538 words)</i> A hot Hollywood beauty optioned the film rights to my first novel, <i>Clown Girl</i>, …

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

For These Veterans, Growing Pot Isn't Just A Job, It's A Cause

For veterans learning to cultivate marijuana through a Los Angeles grower's internship program, it's personal. They want to push for medical cannabis to become an option for veterans with PTSD.<p>LOS ANGELES – In a featureless industrial warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, a group of military veterans …

World News

Patricia Bosworth

Patricia Bosworth is a journalist and biographer. Her latest book is <i>The Men in My Life.</i><p>“The [acting] rejections are hellish and ghastly. At least …

Journalism

Letter of Recommendation: Pallbearer

Many years ago, before I owned a proper stereo, I listened to records on an all-in-one phonograph I salvaged from a preschool. The phonograph had a thick plastic stylus — audiophiles are now destroying this magazine in a rage — and four speeds; my favorite was 16 r.p.m.<p>Listening to my favorite LPs …

Journalism

An Interview with MacArthur ‘Genius’ Jason De León

<i>Matt Giles</i> | <i>Longreads</i> | <i>October 2017</i> | <i>1,800 words (7 minutes)</i><p>As a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Penn State, Jason De León spent …

Journalism

My Wife Found My Sexy Phone Pics and Won’t Let It Go

<i>My wife and I have been married for just a few years. Early in our marriage I started chatting with a female acquaintance, and things got verbally sexual and eventually led to sexual pictures between the other woman and me. I saved some of the photos to my phone and inadvertently saved them to my</i> …

Journalism

Harvey Weinstein Recast Lead Role Because She Wasn't "Fuckable," Director Says

Michael Caton-Jones told BuzzFeed News that Weinstein eventually gave the role to Asia Argento, who alleges the movie mogul sexually assaulted her, starting at a French hotel in 1997.<p>Filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones told BuzzFeed News on Monday the real reason he was dropped from the 1998 cult classic</i> …

Entertainment

When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy

I first met Amy Cuddy in January, soon after she moved into a new office at the Harvard School of Public Health. Cuddy was, at the time, officially on the faculty at Harvard Business School, but she was taking a temporary leave, her small box of an office filled with boxes. As she talked about her …

Psychology

How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong

A US Special Forces team fought off Taliban attackers all night in an Afghan village. In the morning, the civilian casualties appeared.<p><b>The Chinook helicopters</b> lifted off, and Richard Hunter’s mind was at ease.<p>It was Nov. 2, 2016, and he was strapped into one of two mammoth CH-47’s flying over the …

World News

Fear of a Pence Presidency

In <i>The New Yorker</i>, Jane Mayer dives deep into Mike Pence’s ascendancy to the office of Vice President of the United States. Critics want Trump out of …

Journalism

These Americans Were Tricked Into Working For Russia. They Say They Had No Idea.

BuzzFeed News spoke to four people who organized black rights protests and taught self-defense classes after being contacted by Russian trolls pretending to be US activists.<p>Russia’s most infamous troll farm recruited US activists to help stage protests and organize self-defense classes in black …

World News

A Marine Attacked an Iraqi Restaurant. But Was It a Hate Crime or PTSD?

PORTLAND, Ore. — The DarSalam Iraqi restaurant, with its steaming plates of falafel and kebab, has for years served as a popular community gathering spot here. The Iraqi family who ran it felt welcome in this eclectic city.<p>But all of that changed one night last spring when a man with a shaved head …

News (U.S.)

How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World’s Alphabets

<b>A</b>nshuman Pandey was intrigued. A graduate student in history at the University of Michigan, he was searching online for forgotten alphabets of South Asia when an image of a mysterious writing system popped up. In eight years of digging through British colonial archives both real and digital, he has …

Journalism

North Korea Is No Longer the Hermit Kingdom — but How Long Will China Be Its Lifeline?

Down the street from my home in Bangkok, next to a tailor and a nail salon, sits a peculiar outpost of the North Korean state. Inside the Pyongyang Okryu restaurant, five tall, pale waitresses float among the tables in sparkly dresses and carefully cultivated smiles. “Are they really North Korean?” …

Business

Bree Newsome Thinks Allies Should Be Protesting

<b>It’s been a little over two years since you removed a Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. Are you surprised that we’re still having a debate over monuments to the Confederacy?</b> Is it possible to not be surprised in retrospect? There was a point when it …

Journalism

Outbrain Is Investigating Whether Russian Trolls Used Its Platform For Election Propaganda

The content ad network is "conducting a thorough investigation specific to election tampering."<p>The content recommendation ad network Outbrain, whose clicky content sprawls across the web, is investigating whether Russian ads or other forms of election tampering took place on its service during the …

Journalism

The Prophet Will See You Now

For <i>BuzzFeed</i>, Molly Hensley-Clancy spends time in Redding, California, home to the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, where you might end up with …

Journalism

My Half-Sister’s Half a Life

<i>Jeannie Vanasco</i> | The Glass Eye | <i>Tin House Books</i> | <i>October 2017</i> | 2<i>,543 words (10 minutes)</i>In the Memory Game you’re expected to find two matching …

Journalism

Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded

ALBANY — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women.<p>To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “master,” as she was called — naked photographs or other compromising material and were warned …

New York City

Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius

In one of the golden, waning years of the 1960s, Chuck Mitchell told his young wife to read Saul Bellow’s novel <i>Henderson the Rain King</i>. It was not a …

Music

Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department

One afternoon in late September, I sat down with Rex Tillerson on what, in hindsight, may well have been his last comparatively normal day as secretary of state. It was a little more than 72 hours before President Donald Trump would take to Twitter to declare that Tillerson, his top diplomat, was …

Journalism

The Police State Of The Future Is Already Here

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

News (China)

THE LONELIEST POLAR BEAR

The people <b></b>who watched Nora bob in her blue pool were unaware that her keepers harbored a nagging concern.<p>Despite everything – the extensive research, …

Journalism

The contested centenary of Britain’s ‘calamitous promise’

The British pledge to establish a ‘Jewish national home’ in Palestine is being celebrated and condemned as a divisive anniversary approaches. By Ian Black<p>On the evening of Thursday 2 November, at an elegant but as yet undisclosed central London location, Theresa May will sit down for a festive …

Journalism

Donald Trump’s War On African Women

<i>Annie Hylton | Longreads | October 2017 | 12 minutes (3,250 words)</i> It was a Tuesday in the district of Merhabete, in central Ethiopia, and the smell …

Rights & Freedoms

Attack of the Zombie Websites

A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals how seemingly-credible players in the ad supply chain can play an active role in — and profit from — fraud.<p><b>Some of the</b> <b>world’s biggest</b> brands were ripped off by a digital fraud scheme that used a network of websites connected to US advertising industry insiders …

Journalism