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Was Levon Mosgofian of Tea Lautrec Litho the Most Psychedelic Printer in Rock? by Ben Marks

If it weren’t for the career pressmen at companies such as Bindweed Press, Cal Litho, West Coast Litho, and Tea Lautrec Litho, the drug-fueled dreams of Wes Wilson, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, and Rick Griffin might never have seen the light of day.

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The Self-Made Man by John Swansburg

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

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Confessions of a former internet troll by Emmett Rensin

Trolling was always juvenile. It wasn’t always this cruel.

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Generation Wuss by Bret Easton Ellis

In his books, he used to shoot at the materialistic excesses of his generation. But today, youth has become Bret Easton Ellis’ favorite target. According to him, young people are just too sensitive, too narcissistic ,too stupid. But ultimately, as he explains in this exclusive text, he kind of feels sorry for them (and they love it !).

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The Art Forger Who Became a National Hero by Zachary Crockett

How one of the biggest fraudsters of 20th century art made millions, conned a Nazi, and emerged a national hero.

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So…are robots set to destroy us all? by Michael Odell

With walking, talking joke-cracking robots now a reality, Michael Odell looks into what exactly lies ahead for mankind in the age of artificial intelligence. Are these machines really just here to aid us – or will we end up in a world that mirrors the likes of ‘The Terminator’, Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’…or even ‘Wall-E’?

Photo by Chris Leah

 

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Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What? by Jon Mooallem

How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.

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The McDonald’s Cocaine Spoon Fiasco by Zachary Crockett

How cocaine and the War on Drugs utterly destroyed McDonald’s coffee spoon

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How Gangs Took Over Prisons by Graeme Wood

Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.

Photo by Brian L. Frank

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise by Diana Saverin

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling.

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The End of History? by Noam Chomsky

The short, strange era of human civilization would appear to be drawing to a close.

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DATAcide by Douglas Haddow

The Total Annihilation of Life as We Know It

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The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History by Alan Feuer

An elaborate case led to the discovery, and subsequent arrest, of Jimmy Cournoyer, a French Canadian playboy and international criminal.

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The Masked Avengers by David Kushner

How Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson. An Inside Look at Anonymous, the Radical Hacking Collective.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Jen A. Miller

Visiting the abandoned Warner Bros. Jungle Habitat safari park in North Jersey

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TurboGrafx-16: A Quarter Century of Gaming Excellence by Leigh Alexander

The TurboGrafx-16 videogame system was released in America on August 29, 1989. On its 25th anniversary Paste’s games and tech culture writer Leigh Alexander remembers what made this largely forgotten machine special.

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The Man Without a Mask by William Finnegan

How the drag queen Cassandro became a star of Mexican wrestling.

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Last Tango in Kabul by Matthieu Aikins

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn

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The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest

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