Born in Germany but raised in Missouri, “Wild Bill” Suess served in the Army, then did time for various crimes. But he didn’t know what prison really was until strict immigration laws left him to fend for himself at a grim shelter in a foreign country he was now forced to call home. Read it at BuzzReads.
2. Peyton Manning Almost Didn’t Make It Back — The Washington Post
A revealing profile of the 37-year-old QB: “Cut by Indianapolis post-surgery, it seemed victory enough when Manning made it back to the field in a Broncos uniform last season and led them to a 13-3 record. But those closest to him say the feat was if anything underestimated.” Read it at The Washington Post.
3. Chasing Molly — Playboy
An interesting look at the supposedly pure ecstasy now in vogue, and that killed two attendees at this year’s Electric Zoo. Chemically testing molly bought in Miami and in New York City reveals — not shockingly — that most molly is anything but pure. Read it at Playboy.
4. Prisoners of Profit — The Huffington Post
A staggeringly thorough investigation into a for-profit juvenile prison empire that’s continued receiving contracts despite a paltry record of endangerment and abuse, thanks to strategic political donating. Read it at The Huffington Post.
5. Confessions of a Drone Warrior — GQ
Matthew Power profiles Airman First Class Brandon Bryant, one of America’s first — and best — drone pilots. He’s one of the few with insider experience willing to draw the curtain back “on the program that has killed thousands on our behalf.” Read it at GQ.
Hollywood pros like Paul Feig, Richard Linklater, and Diablo Cody give their best tips and insights for all you wannabe writers in this mega-interview compiled by Jordan Zakarin. Read it at BuzzFeed.
7. Rocked — Grantland
A great oral history of the 1989 Battle of the Bay World Series that was dominated by the Oakland A’s and interrupted by the 7.0 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. It starts the day of the quake — including one expert’s prediction that a big one was about to hit. Read it at Grantland.
A profile of Bob Odenkirk, of Breaking Bad, but more importantly, of the influential Mr. Show. The latter, Brian Raftery writes, “wasn’t a hit when it aired, but over the years the series accrued the kind of brainiac-maniac following usually reserved for gloomy-puss novelists or obscure Chapel Hill rock bands.” Read it at Wired.