After watching Zero Dark Thirty for the 9th time, I was reminded of the amazing New Yorker article about the killing of Osama bin Laden. As my friend Dr. Brian pointed out years ago when recommending said article at a dinner party, “It reads better than any action movie.”He was right. It’s a great article; the kind of piece my brother would call an “Airplane Article.” AAs provide the reader with 45-90 minutes of sheer engrossment. AAs are what got my brother into pleasure reading at all. AAs can get you through most domestic flights, and unlike every book I’ve ever started on a trip, you’ll finish an AA.
Alternately, moms might calls these a bathtub read.
Below, please find my list of my favorite magazine features (many of which are true crime based, because I must be true to myself/what’s interesting). Please, oh please share yours in the comments!
Getting Bin Laden: The New Yorker, 2008
-It’s about the obvious.
Annals of Crime; The Perfect Mark: The New Yorker, 2006
-This piece is the true story of a seemingly intelligent Rhode Island therapist who didn’t know that whole Nigerian prince thing is a scam. It’s fascinating how he got sucked in, and how these scammers work.
The School: Esquire, 2007
-this article on a 2004 Russian School Shooting that lasted for days and included 1100 hostages is what prompted my baby brother to turn around in his airplane seat mid-flight, slam the magazine on my lap, and say, “You’ve got to read this.”
Midnight In The Garden Of East Texas: Texas Monthly, 1998
-brilliant piece was the basis for the recent independent film, “Bernie.” Both are worth your time.
A Brevard Woman Disappeared But Never Left Home: Tampa Bat Times, 2011
-this is a newspaper article about a woman who disappeared in her own home. I found the piece, IN A WORD, haunting.