A screenshot of the Longform App in a stylized iPhone

Our Free New App for iPhone and iPad

  • Every pick from Longform.org
  • Follow any publisher or writer
  • All articles available offline
Download on the App Store

Longform Podcast #109: Buzz Bissinger

Buzz Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, GQ and more. He is the author of several books, including Friday Night Lights.

"It’s quiet. And I really felt I needed that quiet. People say, 'Well anger was your edge, and agitation was your edge, and that’s going to hurt your writing.' I don’t know, maybe. It may be that in order to live a happier life you become a shittier writer. I don't know. But I just couldn't live in that fashion anymore, I just couldn't. It would've destroyed my marriage. It was destroying me."

Thanks to this week's sponsors. Apply for the TinyLetter Writers Residency by September 26. And nominate your favorite soccer article for a chance to win a free Xbox One and EA SPORTS FIFA 15.

Show notes »
Avatar_57x57

Friday Night Lights

On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which lead to the movie and the show.

Avatar_57x57

Donald Antrim and the Art of Anxiety

A profile of the novelist, who is surprised to be alive.

Avatar_57x57

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Maintaining order behind bars.

Tuesday, September 16

Avatar_57x57

Disrupters, Disconnectionists, and Dicks

On the host of MTV’s Catfish and his new book.

Avatar_57x57

China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

On the world’s biggest polluter.

Avatar_57x57

The Nuclear Tourist

Visiting the site of the Chernobyl meltdown.

Avatar_57x57

My Year As an Abortion Doula

At the bedside when a pregnancy ends.

Monday, September 15

Avatar_57x57

How to Rig an Election

The perils of voting in the modern age.

Avatar_57x57

Whoever Saves a Life

Seven days with Syria’s first responders.

Avatar_57x57

Lena Dunham is Not Done Confessing

On the writer’s new book and tell-all style.