Cold Open

Unmasked

A young woman discards artificial selves to uncover an authentic one.

The Many Faces in Things

Our brains are hardwired to recognize faces, even where there aren’t any. We asked five photographers to find the visages hiding in plain sight.

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We Would Be Heroes

Senior citizens are often ignored, shunted to the side, or simply not seen at all. But older Americans have dreams, too—and some of those fantasies include flying, fighting injustice, and battling the very idea of age itself.

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Darkness, Invisible

A mid-century collaboration between visionary photographer Gordon Parks and novelist Ralph Ellison, inspired by Ellison’s tour de force, Invisible Man.

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Art Imitates Life

Meet nine Los Angeles artists, photographed in the style of their own work.

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W.I.T.C.H.es Brew

Inside the revival of a 1960s feminist group, the anonymous members of which choose to protest in ways that are very fitting for fall.

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Decoding the Language of Extremist Clothing

A field guide to the sartorial choices of the far right.

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Seek and You Shall Find

Here’s what happens when playing hide-and-seek with kids goes predictably wrong...or hilariously right.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

A rumination on one of the most beloved, and most mysterious, living American writers.

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Raising Crane

Unusual feeding techniques pioneered by researchers in the mid-20th century have kept whooping cranes from going extinct. Change is coming, though.

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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.

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Inside America’s Most Disturbing Haunted House

Every year, hundreds flock to Southern California horror experience the 17th Door. We went to a rehearsal to see how they prepare to frighten the masses.

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Off Topic

The True Crime Story Behind a 1970 Cult Feminist Film Classic

The only film that Barbara Loden ever made, Wanda, is now considered to be a masterpiece. Here is the true story behind the fiction.

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The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror

The true story behind the “true story” of the notorious Long Island home, the site of a terrible murder and then the basis of scores of books and movies.

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About the Cover (Masters of Disguise)

A conversation with La Boca, the London-based design collective behind our October cover.

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Faces of Death (And Larry David)

If you find a wax head in the closet, you might be in a funeral director's house. All about the art and science of facial reconstruction.

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