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I'm a little upset that Nadya Labi's incredible feature for The New Yorker "The Hitman's Tale" is behind a paywall. I'm even more upset that I didn't read it the week it was out and urge you guys to grab the magazine. The story takes through the life of young man who goes from honor's student to professional hitman. 


As gripping as the reporting is, what really makes the piece excel is the way it graduates to a second level. In the end we don't just get the story of a hitman--we get the story of one his ancillary victims, and the hitman's flailing attempt at some measure of redemption. Read it. It's a beautiful work of journalism.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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