Story pick: A forger's story
I'd never heard of Father Arthur Scott, nor Steven Gardiner, nor Mark Augustus Landis before I came across this truly fascinating story in the Financial Times on Scott, Gardiner and Landis, who, as it turns out, are one and the same.
As FT's John Gapper reports, Landis (that's his real name) is "the man responsible for the longest, strangest forgery spree the American art world has known." In a deeply reported and wonderfully told story, Gapper unpacks the bizarre history of the Landis/Father Scott/Gardiner forgeries, then manages to get inside the world of the elusive, mercurial figure at the center of the scandal to find out why Landis, a one-time Washingtonian, did what he did. Read it to discover the answer, which probably isn't what you'd expect.