Culture

The Legal Loopholes That Get Guns Into Students’ Hands

How do schoolkids get access to deadly weaponry in the first place — and what can be done? Universal background checks only go so far

Three Architects Deconstruct ‘Jenga’

How much does ‘Jenga’ resemble actual skyscraper construction? We asked the experts.

How California’s Inmate Firefighter Program Exploits Its Heroes

While incarcerated, they save lives. Once freed, they’re blocked from continuing their career — all but insuring they fail on the outside. As the prison system profits, Golden State prisoners are thrust into a literal trial by fire.

An Oral History of ‘Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage’

Was it one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told? Hell no. Was it one of the biggest? Absolutely. Here’s how it came together.