That Rolling Stone Article


Although it has stirred up controversy with its cover photo, the Rolling Stone article about alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is honest and interesting and frustrating and perplexing.

How did a kid who seemed so sweet and laid-back to his friends end up a killer? And conversely, how can someone who has committed such a monstrous act have such a relatable history, with eminently recognizable struggles like financial distress and divorce?

If you’re put off by the accompanying soft-lit, doe-eyed selfie, consider just scrolling past it; the piece itself is worth reading.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →