Lying Down in the Dirt: An Interview with Denis Johnson

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Janet Steen | Longreads | February 2018 | 13 minutes (3,523 words) In 2002, while I was the literary editor at Details magazine, I interviewed Denis Johnson on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of what is perhaps still his most famous book, Jesus’ Son. When he died last year, at…

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Guantánamo, Forever

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Amos Barshad | The Marshall Project & Longreads | February 2018 | 16 minutes (4,100 words) This article was co-published with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Sign up for their newsletter, or follow The Marshall Project on Facebook or Twitter. The message came…

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A Teen and a Toy Gun

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Leah Sottile | Longreads | February 2018 | 33 minutes (8,200 words) I. The night before Quanice Hayes was shot in the head by a police officer, the skinny 17-year-old was snapping selfies with his girlfriend in a seedy Portland, Oregon, motel room. Bella Aguilar held her phone close when she…

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