The Soho House Plan for World Domination

A reporter lounges at the exclusive club for months to study the beautiful people sipping rosé poolside—and whether they’re actually doing any work.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Souvenir"

A sad harmony of tourists and local English legends.


The Journey

A refugee’s odyssey from Syria to Sweden.

Wednesday, September 2


The Mothers of All Disasters

How to plan for the most serious of possible natural disasters.

Longform Podcast #156: Renata Adler

Renata Adler is a journalist, critic, and novelist. Her latest collection of nonfiction is After the Tall Timber.

“Unless you're going to be fairly definite, what's the point of writing?”

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Show Notes »

Norm Macdonald: A Raw and Uncensored Interview

“I love stand-ups, and I feel it’s the one thing I know about that I could actually judge, besides people’s morals.”


What #Pobrezafilia Means for Mexico

Mexicans on social media have their own hashtag for images of naked – and plainly impoverished – women.


Forever Bluegrass

The rituals of a bluegrass festival on Racoon Mountain in Tennessee.

Tuesday, September 1


The Sharecropper’s Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair

The story of “Madam Walker,” who built a thriving empire of hair products for black women.


The Fortune-Teller of Kabul

Afghans have long visited falbin to have their futures foretold. Fundamentalist Muslim clerics hope to stop that.


How to Survive a Footnote

AIDS activism in the “after” years.