\u201cThe Pathfinder; Sam Shepard and the struggles of American manhood,\u201d The New YorkerA farmer's son from California, the late Sam Shepard used acting as his way out of that life. But in the end, it was his homespun Western charm that eventually made him a movie star, and characters from his childhood loomed large in his career as a prolific playwright. This 2010 New Yorker profile looks back at Shepard's early years, long before he got famous, met Jessica Lange and moved to Minnesota. \u2014 Briana Bierschbach, state government reporter\u201cInstagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colorful, and irresistible to photographers,\u201d The VergeFeel like restaurants have gotten brighter and more precious? Blame Instagram. In addition to hiring top-flight chefs and honing menus, restaurateurs are spending millions to make their spaces 'grammable. Read all about those efforts here, including one attempt to recreate Wisconsin kitsch in New York, apparently: \u201cNo detail is too small to consider. The Turk\u2019s Inn, a $3 million labor of love due to open in Bushwick, New York, early next year, represents an elaborate effort to re-create a beloved northern Wisconsin supper club.\u201d \u2014 Greta Kaul, data reporter\u201cSpirits at Death\u2019s Door,\u201d Harper'sLeave it to a Wisconsinite to have figured out a way to keep his tavern open \u2014 legally \u2014 even through Prohibition. The secret to Nelsen\u2019s Hall remaining open continuously since 1902? Angostura bitters. They take them straight at Nelsen\u2019s, which was able to stay open for the 13 years of Prohibition after the owner convinced a judge that bitters were medicine. I don't think there are too many bars that would pour you a full shot of Angostura \u2014 I'm intrigued. \u2014 Tom Nehil, news editorCan This Muslim Community Create a Model for Rebuilding Detroit?\u201d The NationIn her latest piece for The Nation, Jenna Krajeski dives deep into how one group of Muslims is reviving a dying Detroit neighborhood \u2014 by purchasing and renovating abandoned homes, and then selling them to families who want to be close to a historic area mosque that had long served the city\u2019s black Muslim community. \u2014 Ibrahim Hirsi, workforce and immigration reporter.