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SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Adam Curtis

Nobody trusts anyone in authority today.

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The Dead Zoo Gang by Charles Homans

“Over the last several years, millions of dollars worth of antique rhino horns have been stolen form collections around the world. The only thing more unusual than the crimes is the theory about who is responsible: A handful of families from rural Ireland known as the Rathkeale Rovers.”

via, longform

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Beer Money and Babe Ruth: Why the Yankees Triumphed During Prohibition by Ben Marks

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The 25-Year-Old at the Helm of Lonely Planet by Charles Bethea

Last year, a media-shy billionaire bought the flailing Lonely Planet travel-guide empire, then shocked observers by hiring an unknown 24-year-old former wedding photographer to save it. Charles Bethea straps in for a bizarre ride as a kid mogul tries to remake a legendary brand for the digital age.

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Hoard d’Oeuvres by Rhonda Lieberman

Art collecting is the most esteemed form of shopping in our culture today

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Bummer Beach by Chris A. Smith

Tech billionaire Vinod Khosla bought the land abutting a popular surfing cove. Then he boxed the surfers out. The craziest thing? He might get away with it.

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Pixel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In The Gig Economy by Sarah Kessler

For one month, I became the “micro-entrepreneur” touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage.

Photo by Andrew B. Myers

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The Devil and the Art Dealer by Alex Shoumatoff

It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse. Amid an international uproar, Alex Shoumatoff follows a century-old trail to reveal the crimes—and obsessions—involved.

The Lion Tamer, by Max Beckmann

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Dropped by Jason Fagone

Why did Anthony Gatto, the greatest juggler alive — and perhaps of all time — back away from his art to open a construction business?

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Christo by Barbara Rose

He wrapped monuments, government buildings, coastlines, islands. Now the artist is preparing for possibly his most ambitious projects to date, including what may be the biggest art structure in the world.

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Art World Places Its Bet by Carol Vogel

Oscar Murillo Keeps His Eyes on the Canvas

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On the Trail of Florida’s Bigfoot—the Skunk Ape by Joseph Stromberg

Is an imaginary creature a case of mistaken identity?

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