A lot of kids were getting killed in Oakland, Calif in the early 1990s but few seemed to care. My “revenge,” as someone else wrote about me, was a 10,000-word article on a single murder. The first in a series of articles on youth violence that would help me win Bay Area Journalist of the Year that year.
They caught the junkie who took a few thousand dollars in drugs and cash to do the murder. But never the people ordering him killed. I’ve never been so scared on a story in my life but well worth it. This might be #1 on this list if it were online (and if I were able to edit my younger self and trim it down from 12,500 words)
The story of New Orleans through the eyes of a banker I would shadow off and on for the better part of a decade.
Holding on to hope inside a criminal justice system bent on extinguishing it
George Gilder weighs the cost of his pie-eyed tech optimism.