A Stage Set for Slaughter

Visiting a cattle market in Karachi, right before the feast of Eid.


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.