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“In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”

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Why 18th-century French police obsessively tracked elite sex workers.

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Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, Southern schools have been resegregated.

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Barack Obama wanted to endorse gay marriage on his own timetable. Joe Biden had other plans.

Wednesday, April 16

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Inside the lack of an investigation into Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Longform Podcast #88: Sam Biddle

Sam Biddle writes for Valleywag.

"It's a lot of overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether and passing them around. Considering Silicon Valley worthy of contempt is the first premise that we work from."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @samfbiddle
  2. [6:15] Valleywag's coverage of Sean Parker
  3. [6:45] "'The Uber of Private Jets' is a Real Thing" (Valleywag • Apr 2013)
  4. [6:55] "What is Auto-Tune, and Why Does Jay-Z Want It Dead?" (PSFK • Jun 2009)
  5. [18:15] "Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s Phony, Hypocritical Class War Against Tech Workers" (Paul Carr • Pando Daily • Dec 2013)
  6. [19:45] "Meet the Google Founder's Mistress" (Valleywag • Aug 2013)
  7. [34:15] "Indentured Servitude, Money Laundering, and Piles of Money: The Crazy Secrets of Internet Cam Girls [NSFW]" (Gizmodo • Sep 2012)
  8. [41:45] "Google Employee: 'You Can't Afford It? You Can Leave!' (Update: Hoax) (Valleywag • Dec 2013)
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On addiction and addiction narratives.

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Tuesday, April 15

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Deep inside the world of Cartoon Network’s most popular show.

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How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

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On the trail of two freelance journalists who were kidnapped in Syria in 2012.