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      By Alexis Coe Oct 29, 2014

      Alice in the Asylum

      While I was writing a history of a forbidden love affair that ended in a murder and a mysterious death, I began to dream myself into the worst part of my narrative.

      By Alexis Coe Oct 29, 2014
      By Anand Gopal Sep 23, 2014

      How the Soviet-Afghan War Made the Taliban

      The new book 'I Am Akbar Agha' offers unique perspective from someone who was ideologically aligned with the movement but remained independent during its years in power.

      By Anand Gopal Sep 23, 2014
      By Alexia Underwood Sep 23, 2014

      Six Banned Middle Eastern Books You Should Read

      Writing can be a dangerous, even lethal profession in the region. In honor of the brave authors who continue to challenge censorship and Banned Books Week, we made you a reading list.

      By Alexia Underwood Sep 23, 2014
      By John Darnielle Sep 16, 2014

      An Excerpt from John Darnielle's 'Wolf in White Van'

      John Darnielle, best known as the guy behind the Mountain Goats, just came out with a book about a dude with a fucked-up face who runs role-playing games by mail. It's pretty good!

      By John Darnielle Sep 16, 2014
      By Donald E. Westlake Sep 15, 2014

      The Hows and Whys of Prison Escapes

      No matter what the builders of the prison have claimed, the imaginative and determined prisoner can always find somewhere, in a piece of wood or a rusty nail or the manner of the guards' shift change, the slim possibility that just might end in freedom…

      By Donald E. Westlake Sep 15, 2014
      By Katie J.M. Baker and Sarah Nicole Prickett Aug 31, 2014

      Watch Yourself!

      In the grim light of Michael Brown's death and the ensuing protests in Ferguson and other cities across America, we're excerpting ADULT magazine's guide to sousveillance, or copwatching.

      By Katie J.M. Baker and Sarah Nicole Prickett Aug 31, 2014
      By Tara Burns Jul 27, 2014

      Whore to Culture

      The first thing I realize about grad school is that it's not like a strip club: There is no saying "fuck you" to a patronizing middle aged man who tries to tell me what to do and still waltzing across town and clearing a grand at another club by the end o…

      By Tara Burns Jul 27, 2014
      By Zach Sokol Jul 21, 2014

      David Shapiro Isn't Much Use to Anyone

      Roughly five years ago, Shapiro-then fresh out of college with a shitty job and some self-esteem issues-started writing meta-reviews of the music reviews published on Pitchfork each morning. We talked to him about his new book.

      By Zach Sokol Jul 21, 2014
      By Andrew Worthington Jul 7, 2014

      The Julia Page

      Most of the guys wanted Samantha Terry, as I had expected from the start. Initially I was intrigued to hear them vocalize it in a really roundabout way, through games of truth-or-dare and other recess excuses for gossip and disclosure, although eventually…

      By Andrew Worthington Jul 7, 2014