How To Handle A Repo: Chapter 1 Of Elmore Leonard's Unknown Man No. 89

Elmore Leonard had been writing for 22 years when his agent, the legendary H.N. Swanson, told him to read George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel about the Boston underworld, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. This was in 1972; Leonard was 46. He'd worked in advertising and written westerns—stories and novels—and he'd also… » 9/16/14 2:58pm 9/16/14 2:58pm

An Ode To One Of America's Best Dive Bars

You've probably never heard of Bowling Green unless its college basketball team, the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, has broken your bracket, one year or another. The city sits between Louisville and Nashville, and people drive there from all over southern Kentucky to eat, to shop, and, most of all, to drink. That's… » 12/06/13 3:05pm 12/06/13 3:05pm

I Had The Best Cell On Death Row: A Member Of The West Memphis Three On…

In 1994, Damien Echols and two of his friends, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were wrongfully convicted in what prosecutors called a satanic ritual murder of three 8-year-old boys. Echols, the leader of the group, was sentenced to death; Baldwin and Misskelley received life sentences. The trio became known as… » 10/03/12 1:00pm 10/03/12 1:00pm

"I Want To Believe It's Not True": An Interview With The Co-Author Of…

In 1991, Jerry Sandusky approached Kip Richeal, a former equipment manager with the Nittany Lions, and asked him to co-write a biographical book about the coach's life. Richeal, who'd known Sandusky since he was an 18-year-old freshman and who'd studied journalism at Penn State, agreed to the job. For a while,… » 11/07/11 6:20pm 11/07/11 6:20pm

Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Hit, In Glorious Graphic-Novel Form

The following is excerpted from Santiago's 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, a gorgeous graphic-novel biography of the martyred baseball great. Clemente got his 3,000th hit on Sept. 30, 1972, three months before he died in a plane crash. You can watch video of No. 3,000 here; Santiago's rendering below is infinitely… » 3/30/11 4:45pm 3/30/11 4:45pm