Longform Podcast #89: Alice Gregory

Alice Gregory has written for GQ, The New York Times, n+1 and Harper's.

"If you don't have a real story with a beginning, middle and an end, you owe it to the reader to kind of serve as their chaperone."

Thanks to TinyLetter and EA SPORTS FIFA WORLD CUP for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @alicegregory
  2. Gregory on Longform
  3. alicegregory.tumblr.com
  4. [4:30] "Sad as Hell" (n+1 • Nov 2010)
  5. [9:45] "On the Market" (n+1 • Mar 2012)
  6. [11:45] "Mavericks" (n+1 • Oct 2013)
  7. [21:30] "Ryan McGinley: Naked and Famous" (GQ • Apr 2014)
  8. [32:30] "Professional Doppelgänger (Dealmaker)" (Mark Singer • New Yorker • Jan 1982)
  9. [33:30] "Found Money" (Harper's • May 2014) [sub. req'd]
  10. [40:30] "Interview: Renata Adler" (The Believer • Dec 2012)
  11. [44:00] "Obscurity is the Lure" (New York Times • Mar 2014)
  12. [49:30] Longform Podcast #34: Molly Young

Wednesday, April 16

Longform Podcast #88: Sam Biddle

Sam Biddle writes for Valleywag.

"It's a lot of overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether and passing them around. Considering Silicon Valley worthy of contempt is the first premise that we work from."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @samfbiddle
  2. [6:15] Valleywag's coverage of Sean Parker
  3. [6:45] "'The Uber of Private Jets' is a Real Thing" (Valleywag • Apr 2013)
  4. [6:55] "What is Auto-Tune, and Why Does Jay-Z Want It Dead?" (PSFK • Jun 2009)
  5. [18:15] "Look Who’s Gawking: Inside Nick Denton’s Phony, Hypocritical Class War Against Tech Workers" (Paul Carr • Pando Daily • Dec 2013)
  6. [19:45] "Meet the Google Founder's Mistress" (Valleywag • Aug 2013)
  7. [34:15] "Indentured Servitude, Money Laundering, and Piles of Money: The Crazy Secrets of Internet Cam Girls [NSFW]" (Gizmodo • Sep 2012)
  8. [41:45] "Google Employee: 'You Can't Afford It? You Can Leave!' (Update: Hoax) (Valleywag • Dec 2013)

Wednesday, April 9

Longform Podcast #87: Amanda Hess

Amanda Hess, a staff writer at Slate, has also written for Pacific Standard, GOOD, and ESPN the Magazine.

"I ended up not loving the fact that I was getting a bunch of calls from MSNBC and CNN, who mostly wanted to talk about people threatening to rape and kill me and only a tiny bit about the story I'd written. ... It was tiring, and it seemed dismissive of me as a person. It's a strange thing to become somebody else's story, especially when the story is: You're a victim of an insane online harasser. That's who you are."

Thanks to this week's sponsors, TinyLetter and Oyster Books.


Show notes:

  1. @amandahess
  2. Hess on Longform
  3. sexwithamandahess.com
  4. [3:15] "Point Taken" (Washington City Paper • Mar 2008)
  5. [9:30] The Sexist blog
  6. [18:30] "What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality" (Good • Nov 2011)
  7. [31:30] "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet" (Pacific Standard • Jan 2014)
  8. [46:45] "Just Cheer, Baby" (ESPN The Magazine • Apr 2014)
  9. [47:00] "You Can Only Hope to Contain Them" (ESPN The Magazine • Jul 2013)

Wednesday, April 2

Longform Podcast #86: Mattathias Schwartz

Mattathias Schwartz has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Harper's.

"I figure it's like digging through a wall with a spoon: if you spend enough time at it eventually you get to the other side."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Audible for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. mattathiasschwartz.com
  2. Schwartz on Longform
  3. [4:00] "A Massacre in Jamaica" (New Yorker • Dec 2011)
  4. [20:15] The Philadelphia Independent
  5. [25:00] "The Hold-'Em Holdup" (New York Times Magazine • Jun 2006)
  6. [26:45] "The Trolls Among Us" (New York Times Magazine • Aug 2008)
  7. [26:45] "The Church of Warren Buffett" (Harper's • Jan 2010)
  8. [35:00] "The Golden Touch" (Harper's • Dec 2008)
  9. [36:00] The Big Con (David Maurer • Bobbs-Merrill Company • 1940)
  10. [36:30] "The Still Lives of Wells Tower" (Paul Maliszewski • The Brooklyn Rail • Feb 2011)
  11. [37:00] "Petroleum, Louisiana"
  12. [37:00] "How Fast Can He Cook a Chicken?" (London Review of Books • Oct 2011)
  13. [49:00] "Camp Justice" (Kindle Single • Nov 2012)
  14. [50:45] "A Mission Gone Wrong" (New Yorker • Jan 2014)
  15. [53:15] "The Truth of El Mozote" (Mark Danner • New Yorker • Dec 1993)

Wednesday, March 26

Longform Podcast #85: Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie.

"I just want our readers to know that they are already smart enough and cool enough."

Thanks to this week's sponsors, TinyLetter and Atavist Books.


Show notes:

  1. @tavitulle
  2. Rookie
  3. thestylerookie.com
  4. [4:15] "Tavi Says" (Lizze Widdicombe • New Yorker • Sep 2010)
  5. [30:30] "A Teen Just Trying to Figure It Out" (TED • Mar 2012)
  6. [33:30] Rookie Yearbook Two (Drawn and Quarterly • Oct 2013)
  7. [39:45] Longform Podcast #75: George Saunders
  8. [43:15] "Super Heroine: An Interview with Lorde" (Rookie • Jan 2014)

Wednesday, March 19

Longform Podcast #84: Sabrina Rubin Erdely

Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has also written for GQ, Philadelphia and SELF.

"I think that people are, by their nature, good and want to act rightly. So I'm very interested in why people do these things that result in really bad actions. My lack of outrage actually is one of the things that probably helps me in my reporting because I really am propelled by this pure curiosity. ... I just want to know, 'Where did that come from?'"

Thanks to TinyLetter and PillPack for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @SabrinaRErdely
  2. sabrinaerdely.com
  3. Erdely on Longform
  4. [3:00] Longform Podcast #77: Dan P. Lee
  5. [3:00] Longform Podcast #24: Stephen Rodrick
  6. [12:45] "The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2014)
  7. [17:15] "Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire" (Rolling Stone • Apr 2011)
  8. [22:45] "The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2013)
  9. [27:45] "One Town's War on Gay Teens" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2012)
  10. [34:45] "The Poorest Rich Kids in the World" (Rolling Stone • Aug 2013)
  11. [35:00] "About a Girl: Coy Mathis' Fight to Change Gender" (Rolling Stone • Oct 2013)
  12. [37:15] "The Catholic Church's Secret Sex-Crime Files" (Rolling Stone • Sep 2011)
  13. [51:45] "I'll Be Damned" (Philadelphia • Jun 1999) [pdf]
  14. [51:45] "Who Is the Boy in the Box?" (Philadelphia • Nov 2003) [pdf]
  15. [52:00] "Intimate Intimidation" (Philadelphia • Apr 1996) [pdf]
  16. [53:45] "Why I Finally Left" (Good Housekeeping • Mar 2011) [pdf]
  17. [1:00:15] "The Fabulous Fraudulent Life of Jocelyn and Ed" (Rolling Stone • Mar 2008) [pdf]
  18. [1:01:15] "The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League" (Rolling Stone • Jun 2009) [pdf]
  19. [1:02:30] "The Creep With the Golden Tongue" (GQ • Aug 2003) [pdf]

Wednesday, March 12

Longform Podcast #83, Part 2:
Lawrence Wright, Live from Austin

Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear, is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

"If I had the chance to interview Osama Bin Laden, should I kill him? It’s a fair question. Suppose we’re having dinner — should I stab him with the bread knife? Do I have a moral obligation to kill him? Or do I have a moral obligation as a reporter to simply hear him?"

Thanks to TinyLetter and PillPack for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. lawrencewright.com
  2. @lawrence_wright
  3. Wright on Longform
  4. [6:00] Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf • Jan 2013)
  5. [6:00] The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf • Aug 2006)
  6. [7:45] The Siege (Twentieth Century Fox • 1998)
  7. [14:45] "The Apostate" (The New Yorker • Feb 2011)
  8. [30:15] My Trip to Al-Qaeda (Jigsaw Productions • Apr 2010)
Longform Podcast #83, Part 1: Pamela Colloff & Mimi Swartz, Live from Austin

Pamela Colloff is an executive editor and staff writer at Texas Monthly.

"That sense of loss, that sense of normal life turning on a dime is something that, in a very different way, I’ve experienced. And I carry that with me into some of the more difficult stories."

Thanks to TinyLetter and PillPack for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show notes:

  1. @pamelacolloff
  2. Colloff on Longform
  3. [2:15] Longform Podcast #16: Pamela Colloff
  4. [10:00] "A Bend in the River" (Texas Monthly • Jul 2002)
  5. [10:00] "A Question of Mercy" (Texas Monthly • Mar 2014)
  6. [10:30] "The Innocent Man, Part One" (Texas Monthly • Nov 2012)
  7. [10:30] "The Innocent Man, Part Two" (Texas Monthly • Dec 2012)
  8. [14:45] "Innocence Found" (Texas Monthly • Jan 2011)

Smiley face Mimi Swartz has written for Talk, The New Yorker and Vogue. She is an executive editor at Texas Monthly.

"Here’s this great [public interest] story that nobody’s ever told. Now how can I write it so the maximum number of people want to read it? I try to make the homework part as interesting and compelling as possible."

Show notes:

  1. @mimiswartz
  2. Swartz on Longform
  3. [25:30] "Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives" (Texas Monthly • Aug 2012)
  4. [33:30] "The Ring and I" (Texas Monthly • Jan 2014)
  5. [35:15] "Sexual Misconduct in the Military--and Why Kirsten Gillibrand Is Pushing Reform to the Top of Her Agenda" (Vogue • Feb 2014)
  6. [35:45] "Failure is Not an Option" (Texas Monthly • Oct 2013)
  7. [41:00] Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron (Crown Business • Mar 2004)

Wednesday, March 5

Longform Podcast #82: Jennifer Senior

Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor at New York and the author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.

"I've had moments in motherhood that have been close to something like religious. But I don't think social scientists say things like, "How many numinous moments have you had?" They don't do that, so you have to figure out what to do. I was suddenly turning to other texts to try and explain all of this."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @JenSeniorNY
  2. Senior on Longform
  3. [3:15] All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Ecco • Jan 2014)
  4. [6:30] "All Joy and No Fun" (New York • Jul 2010)
  5. [8:30] "Alone Together" (New York • Nov 2008)
  6. [39:00] "Hollywood on the Potomac" (New York Times • Dec 1993)
  7. [39:30] "The Language of the Deaf Evolves to Reflect New Sensibilities" (New York Times • Jan 1994)
  8. [44:15] "Hill Climbing" (New York • Apr 2001)
  9. [44:45] "Sorry, Your Time is Not Up" (New York • Aug 2001)
  10. [45:00] "Some Dark Thoughts on Happiness" (New York • Jul 2006)
  11. [46:00] "Can't Get No Satisfaction" (New York • Oct 2007)
  12. [46:15] "Recession Culture" (New York • May 2009)
  13. [46:15] "Why You Never Truly Leave High School" (New York • Jan 2013)
  14. [56:45] "In Conversation: Antonin Scalia" (New York • Oct 2013)

Wednesday, February 26

Longform Podcast #81: Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose, a writer at New York, has contributed to The New York Times, GQ and Esquire. His latest book is Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits.

"Google will give you away. I feel like one undercover book is all you get these days before the jig is up. ... Unless, like Barbara Ehrenreich, you legally change your name. I was not quite prepared to go that far."

Thanks to TinyLetter for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @kevinroose
  2. kevinroose.com
  3. Roose on Longform
  4. [3:15] The Unlikely Disciple (Grand Central Publishing • 2010)
  5. [4:30] The Year of Living Biblically (A.J. Jacobs • Simon & Schuster • 2007)
  6. [16:45] Young Money (Grand Central Publishing • 2014)
  7. [30:15] Roose's New York Times archive
  8. [44:45] "Pursuing Self-Interest in Harmony with the Laws of the Universe and Contributing to Evolution is Universally Rewarded" (New York • Apr 2011)
  9. [54:00] "Go West, Young Bank Bro" (San Francisco • Feb 2014)

Wednesday, February 19

Longform Podcast #80: Wil S. Hylton (live)

Wil S. Hylton, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Vanished.

"I despise the fucking nut graf. I think it's a joke, a cop out. The story probably should be about something larger than itself but if you have to tell people what that is, you've failed from the beginning. If they can't find it, you didn't put it there and you shouldn't be beating them over the head with it."

Thanks to TinyLetter and The Fog Horn for sponsoring this week's episode, and to the Writing Department at the University of Pittsburgh for hosting.


Show notes:

  1. @wilshylton
  2. wilshylton.com
  3. Hylton on Longform
  4. [1:45] Longform Podcast #28: Joel Lovell (live)
  5. [2:15] Vanished (Riverhead Books• 2013)
  6. [7:45] "The Search for the Lost Marines of Tarawa" (New York Times Magazine • Nov 2013)
  7. [11:30] "The Return of the Trolls" (Baltimore Sun • Apr 1992)
  8. [24:15] Longform Podcast #66: Andy Ward
  9. [25:00] "There Goes the Neighborhood, Up in Flames" (Esquire • Aug 1999)
  10. [31:15] "Hot Enough For Ya?" (Esquire • Aug 2000)
  11. [35:45] "The People vs. Richard Cheney" (GQ • Mar 2007)
  12. [36:15] "Casualty of War" (GQ • Jun 2004)
  13. [36:15] "The Big, Bad Wolfowitz?" (GQ • Dec 2003)
  14. [41:45] "Meltdown" (GQ • Feb 2008)
  15. [42:30] "How James Turrell Knocked the Art World Off Its Feet" (New York Times Magazine • June 2013)
  16. [47:15] "What Happened to Air France Flight 447?" (New York Times Magazine • May 2011)

Wednesday, February 12

Longform Podcast #79: David Kushner

David Kushner, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, has written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired and The Atavist.

"The minute you see an incredible character, you know. The only thing I can compare it to is bowling, not that I'm much of a bowler. On the few times I've thrown a strike, you know it before it hits the pins."

Thanks to TinyLetter and ProFlowers for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show notes:

  1. @davidkushner
  2. davidkushner.com
  3. Kushner on Longform
  4. [1:00] "The Bones of Marianna" (The Atavist • Dec 2013)
  5. [8:15] "The Hacker is Watching" (GQ • Jan 2012)
  6. [8:15] "The Boy Who Heard Too Much" (Rolling Stone • Aug 2009)
  7. [8:45] Masters of Doom (Random House • 2003)
  8. [8:45] Jacked (Wiley • 2012)
  9. [28:45] "Prepare to Meet Thy Doom" (Wired • May 2003)
  10. [30:45] "Cormac McCarthy's Apocalypse" (Rolling Stone • Dec 2007)
  11. [31:00] "Time Tunnels Meet Warped Passages" (IEEE Spectrum • Apr 2006)
  12. [37:45] "The WikiLeaks Mole" (Rolling Stone • Jan 2014)
  13. [41:45] Levittown (Walker & Company • 2009)
  14. [43:30] "I Was a Teenage Freak" (Rolling Stone • Sep 2003)
  15. [48:00] "Anonymous vs. Steubenville" (Rolling Stone • Nov 2013)
  16. [49:45] "Dead End on Silk Road" (Rolling Stone • Feb 2014)
  17. [51:45] "Anonymous vs. Scientology" (Maxim • Jul 2008)
  18. [54:15] "Sponge-Fraud!" (Vanity Fair • Jun 2012)
  19. [57:15] Longform Podcast #64: Gay Talese
  20. [1:00:16] "Machine Politics" (New Yorker • May 2012)