Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites from 2019, including several whose authors we were lucky enough to interview this year.
LOCAL MOVIE, MAJOR THEATER: HOW FILMMAKER JOHNNY HICKEY GETS HIS MASS FLICKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
"You go to these different places and you’re not Hollywood, you’re a local guy. It was really hard the first time, but Oxy Morons earned me credit in that world—a lot of people I became connected with really came to believe in what I am doing."
SPECIAL FEATURE: SEX, DRUGS, AND FENTANYL
Among the nightmares of an unprecedented epidemic, sex work gets more dangerous for opioid addicts
DRUG CHECKING AS SELF-HELP HARM REDUCTION
“Always test every batch,” Fuentes says. “Don’t assume because the last batch.” He calls it the “chocolate chip” effect when the drugs aren’t cut well and the fentanyl is not well distributed.