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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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Stressed: The Life & Art of Matt Reid by Michael Gonzales

“it’s virtually impossible to talk about Organized Konfusion’s genre-busting album without waxing poetic about Matt Reid’s bold mix of graphic design, comic books, collage, sci-fi, animation and surrealism. Sharing rack space beside scores of eye-catching rap covers, including Daniel Hastings’ disturbing cover shots for Gang Starr (Hard to Earn) and Jeru the Damaja (The Sun Rises in the East), the far out beauty of Stress stood out. Before one even listened to the record, Reid’s image served as an introduction to the left-of-center urgency of the group.”

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Should You Fear the Pizzly Bear? by Moises Velasquez-Manoff

As climate change alters habitats, once-disparate animals are shacking up, creating hybrids that challenge our notion of what it means to be a species.

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A Fan Visits From Afar, and the Royals Come Alive by Rany Jazayerli

Lee Sung-woo, an avid Royals fan from South Korea, arrived last week for his first visit to Kansas City; since then, the team has lavished him with attention — and has won seven of eight games.

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The Most Wanted Man in the World by James Bamford

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story

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The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella by Albert Samaha

How the face of NYC’s tough-on-crime era went from Supercop to scapegoat.

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The Wonder Years: An Oral History by Bonnie Stiernberg

Kevin & Winnie & Wayne & Paul & Karen & Jack & Norma

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The swimming pool, symbol of Southern California, takes a dip by Christopher Hawthorne

The private pool is well on its way to outré

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Slaves of Happiness Island by Molly Crabapple

Abu Dhabi and the dark side of high art

illustration by Molly Crabapple

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