Long or Longish-form Articles I Read In 2017

December 31, 2017 · 10 mins

Taibbi: Something About This Russia Story Stinks

How Websleuths & Filmmakers Sparked A Revelation In Gilgo Murders Case

David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump

The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley

History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump

Future Shock

Radical Felines: When Harassment Becomes a Game

That Which Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stranger

The Triple DECA Ironman: One Man’s Journey Through 30 Days of Non-stop Ironman Racing

‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’

A Peek Inside the Strange World of Fake Academia

No longer ‘Mayberry’: A small Ohio city fights an epidemic of self-destruction

Called to Purchase

“A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment

A Brief History of Who Ruined Burning Man

Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love

What Does Any of This Have To Do with Physics?

A.J. Daulerio Is Ready to Tell His (Whole) Gawker Story

OxyContin goes global — “We’re only just getting started”

I Was Catfished By ABC’s What Would You Do?

The spy with no name

All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me 

Stoya Speaks Out on James Deen, Consent, and Fixing the Porn Industry

The Fugitive, His Dead Wife, and the 911 Conspiracy Theory That Explains Everything

New York Killing Mom and Dad on Staten Island

Poker Black Friday: An online poker pro ponders how he’ll make a living.

Grindr: Welcome to the World’s Biggest, Scariest Gay Bar

Offline: Teacher Booted for Alleged Pervy Contact with Girl Students in Class and Online

Legal Troubles Barely Subdue a Bitcoin Evangelist’s Sermons

Trump, Putin, and the Big Hack

Caution: These Kids Are About to Blow Up

The Big Dick Mack Story

Did Media Literacy Backfire?

The Sad, Strange Story of NMX

Negroni Season

This 90-Year-Old Lady Seduced and Killed Nazis as a Teenager - VICE

The Media’s Favorite ‘Millennial’ Is 55 Years Old

How Starbucks’s Culture Brings Its Strategy to Life

The true story of how Teen Vogue got mad, got woke, and began terrifying men like Donald Trump

Venture capital is going to murder Medium

The difficulty in banning the ‘most toxic League of Legends player in North America’

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

The downfall of NYC’s hottest vegan

Inside The Alt-Right’s Campaign To Smear Trump Protesters As Anarchists

Trump ‘compromising’ claims: How and why did we get here?

The Inside Story of BitTorrent’s Bizarre Collapse

How much do we need Obamacare? Just take a sad tour of GoFundMe

For Early ‘Jersey Boys’ Investors, Oh, What a Run

Inside a Killer Drug Epidemic: A Look at America’s Opioid Crisis

The dream of Ara: Inside the rise and fall of the world’s most revolutionary phone

The Power of One

Seeking an Escape From Trump’s America

How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary

Meet the Women Bringing Monumental Changes to the MSP Craft Beer Scene

The Nihilistic Purity of the Far Left Will Kill Us All

Billy Eichner Is Trying to Talk to You

Why America is Self-Segregating

I asked my student why he voted for Trump. The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying.

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc

How the town of Whitefish defeated its neo-Nazi trolls — and became a national model of resistance

Becoming an American in the Age of Trump

Becoming Ugly

The Crazy Story of the Professor Who Came to Stay—and Wouldn’t Leave

Chuck E. Cheese’s, Silicon Valley Startup: The Origins of the Best Pizza Chain Ever

I Was at Trump’s Inauguration. It Was Tiny.

The Alt Right’s Anonymity is Failing, and They Are Unable to Withstand Exposure

Inside the crash of Fling, the startup whose founder partied on an island while his company burned through $21 million

Everyone’s Favorite Murder Podcast Is Changing The Way Women Talk About Trauma

Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber

Maura Murray: Still missing after 13 long years

Dispatches from the Saturday night Trump rally.

I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House

Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

I am an Uber survivor.

The Family That Went Mad Together: The Bizarre Journey of the Tromps

Richard Simmons Is Missing, and This Podcast Is Trying to Find Him

The Self-Serving Hustle of “Hillbilly Elegy”

How a True-Crime Podcast Became a Mental-Health Support Group

The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

Is Intersectionality a Religion?

Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years

The Alt-Right Dances on Paul Ryan’s Grave

How a secret Freedom Caucus pact brought down Obamacare repeal

Kushner’s privileged status stokes resentment in White House

‘No One Should be Doomed to Just One Story’: An ‘S-Town’ Roundtable

The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black

I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster.

When Fans Take Their Love For Twitch Streamers Too Far

“I Was a Starter Wife”: Inside America’s Messiest Divorce

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

Hunting Child Predators With Canada’s Freelance Vigilantes

Johnny Depp: A Star in Crisis and the Insane Story of His “Missing” Millions

My Family’s Slave

Meet the Real Jared Kushner

‘Love Thy Neighbor?’

When Lena Dunham Met Patsy and Eddy

The Silence of the Lambs

It’s Amazing I Haven’t Ruined Myself’

To Donald Trump, the American City Will Always Be A Dystopic, ‘Eighties Movies’ New York

The Hacker Who Cared Too Much

Rachel Maddow: The Rolling Stone Interview

First Interview With the Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope

Is Alex Honnold’s El Cap Free-Solo the Greatest Sports Achievement—Ever?

Why Alex Honnold’s Free Solo of El Cap Scared Me

The Heart-Stopping Climbs of Alex Honnold

She Told a Guy She Worked at an Abortion Clinic. On Their Next Date, He Raped Her.

The Hard Life on Lake Street: Inside Minneapolis’ sex-work hub

The Secret Confessions of Taylor Swift’s Instagram Photographer

Mike Pence: The servile schemer who would be president

A Response to the Uproar Over My Piece, “The Detransitioners”

Why Some of the Worst Attacks on Social Science Have Come From Liberals

Girl sold by parents, enslaved in Irvine for years, is hidden no more

A Court Made It Illegal For This Guy To Be Seen With His Dad In Public And Now He’s Fighting Back

It Was A Wonderful Adventure’: What It’s Like When You Retire From Sex Work

A Viral Sex Crime That Shocked a Nation

A Viral Sex Crime Saga of Perverts, Pranksters, and Prosecutors

He’s Got a Good Wig on His Shoulders: Meet Cole Escola

The Epic Untold Story of Nike’s (Almost) Perfect Marathon

How the Trendiest Grilled Cheese Venture Got Burnt – Backchannel

Kidnapped and tortured : One college football player’s unbelievable story

The Addicts Next Door

The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise

Why did FBI suspect Trump campaign adviser was a foreign agent?

A Trader So Secret They’re Only Known by a Number Just Made Over $200 Million in One Month

I Found My Roommate Off Craigslist And He Turned My Life Into A Gruesome Nightmare

How disability benefits divided this rural community between those who work and those who don’t

R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told Police

My Enormous Stepson Owen Won’t Stop Talking About Melissa Leo

An Addict, a Confessed Killer and Now a Debut Author

An Oral History of the Funniest Podcast Ever

Bill Browder’s Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Death of a F***ing Salesman

I Almost Left Tech Today, Here’s Why

What I Know About My Best Friend’s Murder

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Rachel Maddow on Her Trump-Era Popularity: ‘I’m Assuming I’m Like a Fad Diet’

Zoë and the Trolls

‘Anyone . . . with a pulse’: How a Russia-friendly adviser found his way into the Trump campaign

The New Rules For Making It In Hollywood

White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don’t like the result

The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman

The Man Who Knows Aaron Hernandez’s Secrets

Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down

Baltimore’s Famous National Chess Champion Isn’t A National Chess Champion

The French Socialite Locked in her Attic for 25 Years ▭ Blanche Monnier

The Polaroid

The Girl From Plainville

Inside Juicero’s Demise, From Prized Startup to Fire Sale

Inside Robert Mueller’s Army

How JSON Toppled XML and Other Lessons from the Vintage Computer Fest

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

She told them she was Hugo Chavez’s ex-wife and worked in the White House. And she’d make them rich.

Bunk beds, roaches and nerdy geniuses: my year in a Silicon Valley hacker house

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame

Woman Claims War Hero Raped Her After He Was Arrested for Raping Girl

Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

Don’t Even Think About Talking to Me Until I’ve Had My Second La Croix

“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”

She met John on a dating site and fell in love. But her family saw something dangerously wrong

She thought she married a successful doctor. Then she learned the frightening truth

Who did she marry? An ex-convict who terrorized women : ‘He’s rotten top to bottom’

The idea of returning to her husband seemed crazy, then less crazy, then a real possibility

She took him back when everyone said it was crazy. It wouldn’t be easy to escape again

She finally cut John out of her life – so he came for her youngest daughter

‘Brilliant,’ 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why

Coal country is finding little relief in Trump’s climate actions

Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony

When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy

Inside the Mind of Thru-Hiking’s Most Devious Con Man

John Boehner Unchained

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

When the Taliban Takes the Girl Next Door

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

“A Different Level of Crazy”: Is Civil War Breaking Out in The Wall Street Journal Over the Editorial Board’s Coverage of Mueller?

Nancy Pelosi Has Trump Right Where She Wants Him

The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack

What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned

“Terror Is the Wrong Word” A Bike Path Victim and His World

What It’s Like to Fall In Love With Your Brother The Noise

How the Lawyer David Boies Turned a Young Novelist’s Sexual Past Against Her

Woman’s effort to infiltrate The Washington Post dated back months

I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.

The Trump Administration Is Mulling A Pitch For A Private “Rendition” And Spy Network

‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.

This Erik Prince Transcript Is Unbelievable

Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan’s Rare Metals

Why All The Comedy Men Are So Awful

How Flynn — and the Russia scandal — landed in the West Wing

Death at a Penn State Fraternity

A behind-the-scenes look at Scott Pruitt’s dysfunctional EPA

Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway.

The Case Of Wilbur Ross’ Phantom $2 Billion

Something is wrong on the internet

The Loaded Language of Christos Tsiolkas

CEO of HQ, the Hottest App Going: If You Run This Profile, We’ll Fire Our Host

The Recruiters: Searching For The Next Generation Of Warfighters In A Divided America

How McConnell got a win on taxes

The Flynn Plea: A Quick and Dirty Analysis

“We never thought we’d be believed”

What Really Happened At The School Where Every Graduate Got Into College

Did We Adopt A Jihadist?

Thirty years later, “Max Headroom” TV pirate remains at large

‘Operation Bambi’: How and Why NBC Kicked Ann Curry Off Today

He’s the Republican Dream Candidate. There’s Just One Problem …

A town called malice

How The Best Podcast Of The Year Was Made

The John Birch Society Is Back

Spurned by ESPN, Barstool Sports Is Staying on Offense

YouTube Has A Massive Child Exploitation Problem. How Humans Train Its Search AI Is Partly Why.