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How Pie Keeps Me Steady

I've loved baking pie since I was a kid. In recent years, while writing a book about schizophrenia, I began to think more about why.

Sandy Allen • One year ago

"How Simple Is That?": At Home With Ina Garten

Whether she's comfortable with it or not, the Barefoot Contessa star has one of the most devoted fandoms among cookbook giants. An unprecedented look inside her picture-perfect empire.

Sandy Allen • 2 years ago

I Was The Best Fake Attorney in America

In 2005, I won the High School Mock Trial National Championships, a victory that was both huge and, to most people, meaningless. Ten years later, I returned to nationals to try and make sense of what that victory meant — and what this competitive celebration of our legal system even is.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

I Haven't Read Most Books

And that's OK.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Police Were Called To Take Teresa Sheehan To A Hospital. Instead, They Shot Her Seven Times.

In 2008, San Francisco police were called to help transport a woman with mental illness to a hospital. Instead, they shot her seven times and she was charged with five felonies. This is the story of how police became our nation's mental health care workers, and how Teresa Sheehan's family has fought for her before the shooting — and since.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

13 Wintry Feature Stories To Read While You're Snowed In

Let these #longreads keep you company while the blizzard hits.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: A Sex Tape, Beyond Meat, And Big Mother

This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen unpacks the imminent self-tracking revolution. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

23 Of Our Favorite Feature Stories We Published This Year

A housewife who became the first woman to fly around the world. The boxer who integrated Louisiana. A deep-dive into the 60-word basis for the war on terror and an exploration of whether elementary schoolers should be locked up for plotting to kill their classmates. A debauched week in the world's largest retirement community, a weekend at a clown convention, and 36 hours on the fake campaign trail with Donald Trump. Here's a look back at some of the great feature stories BuzzFeed News published in 2014.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

13 Of Our Favorite Personal Essays We Published This Year

A woman who confronted her abusive stepfather. A man who bought a house in Detroit for $500. A 33-year-old who suffered and survived a stroke. Reflections on love, loss, and life in these great essays.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Why I Still Love "Rent"

The 1996 musical about AIDS-afflicted artists scandalized and inspired my romantic teenage self. Figuring out what Rent got totally wrong about adult life — and right.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Troll Hunters, A Zen Predator And The Border Security Expo

This week for BuzzFeed News, Jose Orduna meets the men and women who sell technology aimed at keeping Mexican immigrants like him out of America. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: The Doodler Murders, Boogie Nights, And #YODO

This week for BuzzFeed News, Katie Heaney shadows a group of mortuary science students and contemplates the uncertain future of the death industry. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: A Fallen Reformer And Bandit Brothers

In the latest BuzzFeed feature story, Chris Faraone spends a season with the Boston Bandits, the semi-pro football team that Odin Lloyd — allegedly slain by Aaron Hernandez — played for. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Rape Culture, Cumberbitches, And Apocalypse Noir

This week for BuzzFeed News, Sandra Allen explains why when it comes to climate change and agriculture, fine wine is the canary in the coal mine. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

Hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn't — reacting says a lot about the future of agriculture.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Taxi Drivers, Voiceovers, And A Radioactive Theft

This week for BuzzFeed features, Mary Cuddehe travels to Mexico to find out how concerned we should be about radioactive materials falling into the wrong hands. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: The $9 Billion Dollar Witness And The Battle Over Bigfoot

This week for BuzzFeed News, Tim Stelloh introduces the contentious world of Bigfoot hoaxers and Bigfoot believers. Read that and these other great features from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Prisoner Firefighters, The New Jim Crow, The New Glenn Beck

This week for BuzzFeed News, Amanda Chicago Lewis reports on the inmates who are the front line in California's battle against wildfires. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: The Ebola Wars, Poor Teeth, And The Search For Bianca Lozano

This week for BuzzFeed News, David Peisner tells the heartbreaking story of a mother's 19-year struggle to recover her kidnapped daughter. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the net.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago

Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Warehouses, A Warlord, And A Wacky TB Tale

This week for BuzzFeed News, Natalie Shure describes surviving tuberculosis in the social media age. Read that and these other great stories.

Sandy Allen • 4 years ago