Mark Stuertz

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  • 7 years ago | Longform

    On the first Tuesday of every month, Phil Brantley hosts a conference call. He never knows who will be calling in, or from where. Brantley, a retired liquor store owner and one-time manufacturer of surge suppressors from Maggie Valley, North Carol...

  • 8 years ago | Longform

    Roy Abraham Varghese has a God equation. It is self-evident. He sees it in a grain of sand. He sees it in bees, especially bees. By rights, bees shouldn't fly. The haphazard way in which they beat their wings simply shouldn't haul their pot-bellie...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    Bob Josserand is bullish on bullshit. It's sexy, he says. As mayor of Hereford, Josserand should know. He lords over a town of some 16,000 people and more than 1 million cattle. Three and a half million chew their cuds within a 100-mile radius of ...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    "If you thought Red Lobster was good, try Buddha mountain crab brains." --Chinese language student Anthony Kohler in a dispatch from Guangzhou, southern China The betrayals are subtle at first. A server is bewildered by limes, so after numerous de...

  • 10 years ago | Longform

    Early one morning this spring, Chris Lawler accidentally kicked a coiled rattlesnake slumbering in a row of grape vines. The rattle didn't shake. The snake didn't strike. It barely moved. The reptile was immobilized by the chilly desert air. This ...

  • 10 years ago | Longform

    "We left Fort Worth on Friday at 5 a.m. headed for Sturgis, South Dakota. Our destination for our first night is Clayton, New Mexico...We were very fortunate, for the weather was kind to us...While we were gassing up in Amarillo, John had his firs...