Tuesday, January 8


What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?

An internet pioneer loses hope in the promise of web culture.

Friday, January 4


The Immortalization of an Anonymous Death

On Dylan Yount, a man who jumped from a San Francisco building, and the people who watched, recorded and, in some cases, encouraged his suicide.


Dish Network, the Meanest Company in America

How an autocratic CEO made the company billions, alienating almost everyone else in the process.

Monday, December 10


The Best-Kept Secret in American Journalism is Murray Kempton

“Four mornings a week Murray Kempton, the Huckleberry Finn of American journalism, climbs onto his bicycle and pedals out into the world in search of what may be there. For more than thirty years he has been finding things other writers have not even thought to look for, and he has done so with a compelling humanity that is rare not just in his profession but in the human race as well. I have followed him as he made his regular rounds, and I have eaten at his table, and I am not all that certain that he is not the greatest man I have ever met.”

Thursday, December 6


2 Good 2 Be 4Gotten

An oral history of Freaks and Geeks.

Friday, November 30


This Is Amazing!

A profile of Huell Howser, the happiest man on TV.

Wednesday, November 28


"I Pretty Much Wanted to Die"

The many reasons Lost shouldn’t have happened.

Saturday, November 24


Larry Hagman's Curtain Call

A profile of the late actor.

Tuesday, November 6


Come On, Feel the Buzz

On Politico's brand of insider journalism.

Friday, November 2


Slash and Burn

The rise of One Direction fanfiction that imagines the band members in relationships – with each other.


Light Entertainment

An essay on Jimmy Savile, British television and child sexual abuse.

Monday, October 29


Proust Wasn’t a Neuroscientist. Neither Was Jonah Lehrer.

The allure of conclusion-shaping and a wunderkind’s fall.