When I first became an editor, back when your ma was wiping strained prunes off your chin, newsroom negotiations were simple. Things tended to go like this: Editor: I’d like you to write a 900-word story
Patrick O'Brien showed up to his blind date dressed to impress, or maybe just to meet expectations. He put on a button-down shirt, which he almost never does, and parted his hair with gel and a comb, look
Six years ago, Bar Charley was born out of need — the owners’. Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks say they opened the watering hole on 18th Street NW for lack of a smart place to eat and drink well that
Rui Hachimura, 21, is a forward for the Washington Wizards. He became the first Japanese player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the team chose him with the No. 9 pick earlier this year.
The Democrats are moving left. Will America follow? Howard Dean, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Emma Gonzalez and more on the party’s
Perhaps the great unknown of 2020 is how the tenor of the Democratic nomination contest will affect the general election. The outcome of the primaries and caucuses, of course, is far from clear — the may
A whale tail pendant hangs from Ralph Chami's neck, alongside a crucifix. Both seem equally important to his soul these days. He's talking excitedly about whale poop and whales decaying in the inky depths
It's a gorgeous fall evening near U Street, too early for the real nightlife to be happening, but the go-go music's playing anyway from speakers outside the Metro PCS store. You can hear it from a block
There are ten starred clues hinting at famous people, and you may know some of them from the clues alone. But spelling them … that’s a different challenge in this puzzle. The ten celebrities’ first names
As many historians can attest, American presidential elections tend to be pendular; the country tires of the incumbent, the country’s mood then swings, and voters replace him with someone as unlike that
The broken ankle Olivia Sentelle suffered at a hardcore show about a month before her Date Lab does not really factor into the story of said date, per se. Yes, it made getting to Seven Reasons, the Latin
Just as the keys on a piano are the same no matter who pulls up a bench, the components of Lanzhou beef noodle soup are pretty much alike at every shop that specializes in the Chinese dish: a bowl of and
In mid-September, "Country Music," the latest PBS documentary by Ken Burns, brought the sounds of steel guitars and Hank Williams and "Coal Miner's Daughter" into homes across America. Whether you rate
‘The NRA is weaker than they’ve ever been,’ says founder of gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action
Shannon Watts, 48, is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun violence prevention nonprofit she started after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. The organization is part
“My friends call me the rat killer,” says Ralph Brabham, standing in his spacious backyard in Shaw on a sunny day in August. Brabham is a gentle man who hardly seems capable of splatting a spider, much
The letter string ISH, found in the southeast corner at 131A: [“More or less”], has been added to and deleted from familiar phrases to make wacky ones. The theme clues say “more” when ISH has been added
Dead musicians are taking the stage again in hologram form. Is this the kind of encore we really want?
In 1972, when I was 5 years old, my parents drove my brother and me to Disney World. It had opened only the year before, but even then it was fast becoming a standard American sojourn. Sure enough, my
One of the first things I learned behind bars was how to fish. Fishing is a way to share items and information with other inmates across the unit while confined to your cell, sometimes for 17 hours a We
I was released from the Ferguson Unit, a prison in Madison County, Tex., in April, but in many ways I am still confined. As part of my parole, I wear a GPS monitor on my ankle that tracks my whereabouts.
This man was just released from prison after serving 15 years. A photographer was there to meet him at the facility’s gate.
In late July, 58-year-old Scott Ortiz was released from New York’s Fishkill Correctional Facility, and I met him outside the prison to start photographing the first few weeks of his transition home. Reentry
Lauren Johnson walked into the aging Travis County jail just outside Austin on a sunny Friday in July 2018 and steeled herself. Every time she passed through the door and the smell hit her, it all came
I’ve built a career as a prolific prison journalist. So why did it take me so long to write a letter to the family of the
When you get locked up, you’re not thinking about regret or remorse. You try to work out a good plea deal or beat the rap. In early 2002, at 24, I was in jail on Rikers Island in New York after copping
You can lose yourself in increments: this-many- and that-many-month stretches at a time. One morning you roll out of a tiny bunk in some decrepit asbestos-filled building bordered by razor wire, and your
America has normalized prison: Piper Kerman of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ on the expanding carceral state
When I was 22, in the early 1990s, I committed a crime. More than a decade later, I was sent to federal prison for 13 months for that crime — a first-time drug offense. In 2010, I published a book about
A few readers have mentioned to me that they’ve sometimes clicked on these articles expecting to solve the actual crossword rather than finding the answer key and explanations. You can find the real puzzles
We all tend to have personal mythologies — images of ourselves that we accept as defining, even if they are not entirely wonderful. Often, these attributes involve negatives. I, for example, am not “handsome.”