Boys in Zinc

Testimonies about the Soviet war in Afghanistan, reported by the 2015 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Friday, October 9


Inside Reddit’s Plan to Recover From Its Epic Meltdown

The plan, basically: bring back the two founders (who were estranged), focus entirely on mobile, and apologize as much as possible.



A moment of racism at Harvard leads the writer to consider Huckleberry Finn.


Uncovering The Secret History Of Myers-Briggs

The frustrated – and well-hidden – story of Isabel Myers Briggs, inventor of the famous personality test.


The Color of Debt

Racial discrimination and the collection of small consumer debts.

Thursday, October 8


How Tom Wolfe Became … Tom Wolfe

A profile of the writer, now 85.


The Brontës and the Con Men

The men whose profitable (and self-serving) antics preserved what we know of the Brontë sisters.


On Chernobyl

An oral history of the disaster:

Someone said to me, or maybe I read it, that the problem of Chernobyl presents itself first of all as a problem of self understanding. That seemed right. I keep waiting for someone intelligent to explain it to me.

Fiction Pick of the Week: "I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things"

On the eve of their daughter's wedding, a divorced couple is confused by old feelings despite sexual identities.


How Two Guys Lost God and Found $40 Million

They were raised Hasidic in Brooklyn. Now Abe Zeines and Meir Hurwitz live a decadent, booze-filled life in Puerto Rico. They are in their early 30s and rich enough to retire, while Wall Street is busy adopting the shady loan scheme they pioneered.

Wednesday, October 7


How ESPN's Fear of the Truth Defeated "Black Grantland"

Why The Undefeated, a site announced more than two years ago, still hasn’t launched.


Climate of Doubt

The art and science (or lack thereof) of water dowsing.