Outpunking the Punks by Kelefa T. Sanneh
How hardcore conquered New York
Eddie Huang’s Hoop Dreams by Jiayang Fan
Jiayang Fan plays basketball with the chef whose memoir, “Fresh Off The Boat,” has been adapted into a new sitcom on ABC.
The Legend of Panther Girl by Jeff Maysh
Wrestler Ann Casey’s life is the stuff of pulp dreams. She escaped poverty, broke cultural barriers, kissed Elvis, was shot by drug dealers, and came back to win The Belt.
Illustration by Benjamin Marra
Cheerleaders For Christ by Jia Tolentino
Clear drinks, full uniform, can’t lose.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Self-Made Man by John Swansburg
The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Confessions of a former internet troll by Emmett Rensin
Trolling was always juvenile. It wasn’t always this cruel.