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Nothing Breaks Like A.I. Heart

An essay about artificial intelligence, emotional intelligence, and finding an ending. By the time I got access to the model, it was late July, 2020. In the fifth month of quarantine, having recently moved home to face my teenage journals, I wasn’t sure if I missed talking to strangers or to Omar. But I wanted to know if, with enough prodding,...

A 23-Year-Old Coder Kept QAnon Online When No One Else Would

Nick Lim provides tech support to the U.S. networks of White nationalists and conspiracy theorists banned by the likes of Amazon. William Turton | Bloomberg Businessweek | Apr 2021 [Full Story]

The High Is Always the Pain and the Pain Is Always the High

A story of gambling addiction, in seven parts. Jay Caspian Kang | The Morning News | Oct 2010 [Full Story]

Out of Thin Air: The Mystery of the Man Who Fell From the Sky

In 2019, the body of a man fell from a passenger plane into a garden in south London. Who was he? Sirin Kale | Guardian | Apr 2021 [Full Story]

The Forgotten Story of a Diplomat Who Disappeared

In 1974, John Patterson was abducted by the People’s Liberation Army of Mexico—a group no one had heard of before. The kidnappers wanted $500,000, and insisted that Patterson’s wife deliver the ransom. Brendan I. Koerner | The Atlantic | Apr 2021 [Full Story]

How Becky Lynch Became 'The Man'

A profile of the professional wrestler. Molly Langmuir | Elle | Apr 2021 [Full Story]

Longform Podcast #436: Dana Goodyear

Dana Goodyear is a staff writer for The New Yorker and host of the new podcast Lost Hills. “I do find people who take risks—artistic and physical or even intellectual risks—really interesting. ... There are so many people that I have written about who take a really long time with their projects, whether years or decades, and they might or might...

Waves of Abandonment

The Permian Basin is ground zero for a billion-dollar surge of zombie oil wells. Clayton Aldern | Grist, Texas Observer | Apr 2021 [Full Story]

The Redemption of Justin Bieber

“And while maybe you don’t care if Justin Bieber ever does make his way back to a kind of normalcy, perhaps you can admit there is at least something admirable, in the abstract, about someone finding a way to survive, and even to become kind, when all they’ve been taught since a young age, by millions of adoring people, is that there is no need for...

Final Say

How a self-taught linguist came to own an indigenous language. Alice Gregory | New Yorker | Apr 2021 [Full Story]

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