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Who Exactly Was J. Walter Negro? by John Seroff

The story behind a 1981 single that had the potential to change the history of music… but didn’t.

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The Rise and Fall of John DeLorean by Suzanne Snider

By 1999 John DeLorean was bankrupt and swimming in $85 million debt, but he still hoped that his namesake De Lorean car would eventually come back into style. The thought wasn’t entirely absurd – Volkswagen was enjoying phenomenal success with its ‘new’ Beetle and the retro-styled PT Cruiser was a hit for Chrysler. Then again the De Lorean Motor Company’s signature car, the DMC-12, only had a ten to 11-month run of less than 9,000 cars. In other words, the 1982 De Lorean car was retro by 1983. By 1985 the De Lorean was a joke in Back to the Future, so dated it made for a perfect time machine.

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Dave Chappelle Is Back (This Time We’re 100% Sure It’s Maybe Totally for Real) by Mark Anthony Green

In his first in-depth interview in close to a decade, Dave Chappelle talks about his self-imposed exile, Donald Sterling, and what’s he’s really going to do now that he’s back.

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The Alaska of Giants and Gods by Dave Eggers

“The Lower Forty-eight was full of cowards and thieves and it was time for mountains and people of truth and courage.”

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Crystal Ball by Andrew Marantz

Meet Shingy, AOL’s “Digital Prophet.” AOL pays Shingy a six-figure salary for “watching the future take shape across the vast online landscape.”

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NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.

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The Man Who Got America High by Jeff Maysh

He chartered the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead in private jets, while smuggling planeloads of Pablo Escobar’s drugs on the side. After disappearing for decades, Alfred Dellentash Jr. finally shares his unbelievable life story—for the very first time.

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The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist by Meryl Gordon

Jack Murphy, a.k.a., “Murf the Surf,” and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History—and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.

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Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily? by Sam Knight

In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens – only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal.

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The Deepest Dig by Brooke Jarvis

The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn’t stopping us from mining it.

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The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith by Robbie Ettelson

In 1983 a bass player from Queens revolutionized the sound of hip-hop. How did he end up forgotten and confined to a hospital bed?

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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’?

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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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