Love in Exile

The Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a transgender woman who was imprisoned four years ago in Malawi for getting engaged to a man. Pardoned and freed, she now scrapes by living in exile in South Africa.


Native Intelligence

The true story of the first Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26


Home for the Holidays

Surviving a trip back for Thanksgiving.

“How I envy people who enjoy the company of their parents without the aid of pharmaceuticals.”

Reprinted from for the Holidays and Other Calamities.


New York Is Killing Me

A profile of Gil-Scott Heron.

Longform Podcast #119: Alec Wilkinson

Alec Wilkinson is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

“My hero was Joseph Mitchell, that was how you did reporting. There was nothing conniving about it or cunning — you just simply kept returning and kept returning.”

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.

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The Gaming Industry's Greatest Adversary Is Just Getting Started

A profile of Anita Sarkeesian, who has recieved death threats as she exposes misogyny in the $25 billion video game industry.


West End Boy

On Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and the rise of Islamophobia in Norway.

Tuesday, November 25


Shady XLII: Eminem in 2014

The rapper who never grew up.

Previously: "The Zen of Eminem," Zadie Smith's 2005 profile for Vibe.


A Mystery on the Mountain of Pain

When he disappeared four years ago on Turkey’s tallest mountain, Donald Mackenzie wasn’t trying to reach the summit. A true believer, Mackenzie was looking for Noah’s Ark.


Man on Fire

The life of Reverend Charles Moore, who died by self-immolation in the parking lot of a Texas strip mall.


Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop

An argument for how the system protects police.