Issue No. 4 | October 2017
Masters of Disguise
How do we behave when no one’s looking—or when everyone’s watching? Stories on the art of disguise.
INSIDE THE ISSUE
A young woman discards artificial selves to uncover an authentic one.
Unusual feeding techniques pioneered by researchers in the mid-20th century have kept whooping cranes from going extinct. Change is coming, though.
Hiding in Plain Sight
A rumination on one of the most beloved, and most mysterious, living American writers.
Masters of Disguise Mixtape
5 films | 58 min A bank robber in blackface. A bank robber in whiteface. A home invader with no face. This selection of digital shorts looks at five different scenarios in which literal or metaphorical masks are worn.…
FROM THE OFF TOPIC NEWSLETTER
The Story Behind the Chicago Newspaper That Bought a Bar
The oral history of how a determined Chicago reporter convinced her boss to do something that hadn’t been done before—to create a fake business with a real location.
An Extremely Close Reading of Pop Song Duets
Ever listen to a song and think, does that even make sense? We took a magnifying glass to some of the world’s most popular he-said-she-said duets.
Panic at Penn Station
This past spring, a panicked crowd streamed out of Penn Station because of a terrorist threat. Except there was no terrorist.
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