The Gray Area of Brain Training
Greg Ortman suffered from post-concussion syndrome after years of football—until he started brain training. But is it real science or self-improvement fantasy?
(Included in the 4/1/18 edition of The Sunday Long Read newsletter.)
Bitcoin's young investors put their digital currency to work in the physical world.
Why have Baltimoreans been hoarding this rye whiskey?
The Washington Post Magazine
It's last call for Pikesville Supreme — a beloved Maryland whiskey that dates back to the 1890s.
The Joy of Ax
Inside Matt Cogar's quest to become the greatest lumberjack in the world.
The Rise and Fall of the Everyman Tycoon
MakerBot made a bold bet that 3D printers would become as common as microwaves. Just one problem: No one else shared that dream.
Meet Charpu, the Drone-Racing Megastar Who Doesn't Feel Like Racing
A drone-racing ace charts his own course as the sport goes mainstream.
(Selected as a piece of "Notable Sports Writing" in The Best American Sports Writing 2017.)
Can these former felons save Freddie Gray's violent neighborhood?
The Washington Post Magazine (cover story)
In Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood, a group of ex-cons are trying to stop shootings before they ever start.
Where is all the good affordable furniture?
In the Ikea era, makers and buyers face a disconnect.
How Cities Are Coping With the E-Commerce Boom
A siege of delivery trucks is threatening to choke cities with traffic. But not everyone agrees on what to do about it.
Welcome to the Uber Wars
Maryland is the first state to rule the Silicon Valley startup a transportation company, not an app. Will Uber fight back?
Why Isn't It a Crime To Kill a Cyclist?
In Mississippi, cyclist Jan Morgan was hit by a passing car. She got short-term memory loss; the driver got a $50 fine.
The Business of Lacrosse
Baltimore Style (cover story)
How Paul Rabil became the first professional lacrosse player worth $1 million.
Why Are Newspaper Websites So Horrible?
Clunky navigation! Autoplaying video ads! The reasons why newspaper websites suck so much.
This Man Wants to Open-Source Your Car
Meet George Hotz, the 27-year-old hacker taking on Tesla in the race to make a self-driving car.
An Illustrated Guide to Ben Lecomte's Nightmares
A Frenchman plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Yes, that's as crazy as it sounds.
The Right Suit
A new space suit is designed to let a skydiver fall from 120,000 feet. Could it also save astronauts' lives?
Building a Home
Los Angeles Review of Books
On rehabbing a house and finding community in Drew Philp's "A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City."
How Cherokee Territory Became the 'Deep South'
Los Angeles Review of Books
On the fight over Cherokee lands in the American South in Steve Inskeep's "Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab."