Bibek Dhong traveled from Nepal to Malaysia to test cameras for the new iPhone 5. When production ended abruptly, he and his coworkers found themselves stranded for two months without money, food or passports.
Friday, November 8
It mostly had to do with Patch, the executive’s hyperlocal and unprofitable baby.
Thursday, November 7
Evan Wright, a two-time National Magazine Award winner, is the author of Generation Kill.
"When people were killed, civilians especially, I realized I was the only person there who would write it down. I was frantic about getting names, and in the book there are a few Arabic names, some of the victims. Not that anyone cares. But I thought, 'At least somewhere there's a record of this.'"
- Wright on Longform
- [3:45] Generation Kill (2004)
- [10:00] "Scenes From My Life in Porn" (L.A. Weekly • Mar 2000)
- [12:15] A.J. Liebling’s New Yorker archive
- [14:15] "Big Red Son" (David Foster Wallace • Consider the Lobster • 1998) [pdf]
- [16:30] Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace (D.T. Max • 2012)
- [18:15] Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe,Wingnut's War Against the Gap, and Other Adventures with the Totally Lost Tribes of America (2009)
- [28:00] "The Killer Elite" (Rolling Stone • Jul 2003)
- [30:30] Longform Podcast #64: Gay Talese
- [33:30] Wikipedia: Christopher Isherwhood
- [39:30] Karl Taro Greenfield on Longform
- [48:30] "Pat Dollard's War on Hollywood" (Vanity Fair • Mar 2007)
- [57:00] American Desperado: My Life—From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset (with Jon Roberts • 2011)
- [1:00:00] How to Get Away with Murder in America: Drug Lords, Dirty Pols, Obsessed Cops, and the Quiet Man Who Became the CIA's Master Killer (Kindle Single • 2012)
Published across three consecutive issues and later adapted into the book (and mini-series) Generation Kill, the story of bullets, bombs and a Marine platoon at war in Iraq.
President Bush’s strange friendship with Vladimir Putin.
“The only problem is he was so successful that Hollywood decided to devour his Xanadu, with premium vodka parties and assistants scouring the Park City Albertsons for Fiji water. ‘It makes me fucking nuts,’ says Redford.”
Wednesday, November 6
Last fall, a team of American Special Forces arrived in Nerkh, a district just west of Kabul. Six months later, amid allegations of torturing and murdering locals, the team was gone. Shortly after they left, the remains of 10 missing villagers were found outside their vacated base. An investigation into a possible war crime.
How the corpses of Hitler’s victims still haunt modern science—and American abortion politics.
On interviewing and napping beside Norman Mailer.
Tuesday, November 5
An interview with painter Chris Martin.