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Kate’s Still Here (Esquire.com)You can't escape death on a farm, where it is both a practical matter and an asset. Photo by Stanley Zimny

Kate’s Still Here (Esquire.com)

Originally Published: Esquire.com • November 14, 2017  • The Sunday Long Read number one readers’ pick for 2017, and Longform best of 2017. Recommended by Longreads as an “incredibly moving feature.” Winner of Hearst Magazines’ 2017 Editorial Excellence Awards in the category of “reported feature or profile.”

For three days during a humid stretch of July in Newton, North Carolina, cars lined up along the dirt road outside the home of Deloy and Kate Oberlin. Read more...

Oxytots: Instead of learning from the unfounded hysteria of the crack baby era, we’re repeating it (Slate)Photo by Roberto Carlos Pecino Martinez

Oxytots: Instead of learning from the unfounded hysteria of the crack baby era, we’re repeating it (Slate)

Originally Published: Slate • December 7, 2014

In 1985, as crack cocaine use was surging in American cities, the New England Journal of Medicine published a provocative study. Read more...

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)Photo by Triker-Sticks

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)

Originally Published: Slate • September 30, 2016

Late this summer, a raccoon kept entering my mom’s house through her cat door. This particular creature was savvy, dexterous, and driven, a kind of super-raccoon combining all the strengths of its species with none of the reticence of its country brethren.

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