Friday, October 23


My Writing Education: A Time Line

“What we’re doing in writing is not all that different from what we’ve been doing all our lives, i.e., using our personalities as a way of coping with life.”

George Saunders on the Longform Podcast

Thursday, October 22


The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan

Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan.

We reprinted this article on Longform to help raise money for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, which in our friend Matt's memory will fund promising young writers to bring forward unreported stories of importance from overlooked corners of the world. Please donate today.


Tears and Terror

The troubling final years of Mickey Rooney’s life.


Inside Stanford Business School’s Spiraling Sex Scandal

A love triangle between two married professors and the dean goes public.

Wednesday, October 21


How an F Student Became America’s Most Prolific Inventor

Lowell Wood helped bring down the Soviet Union, has created what could be the first concussion-free football helmet, and has regular brainstorming sessions with Bill Gates. He also drives a 20-year-old Toyota with 300,000 miles on it.

Longform Podcast #163: Matthew Shaer

Matthew Shaer is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, GQ, and The Atavist Magazine.

“I could not turn off the freelance switch in my head. I could not not be thinking about these different types of stories. My Google Alert list looks like a serial killer's.”

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Show Notes »

There Once Was a Dildo in Nantucket

On the wives of whalers and their dildos.


This Is a Story About Loss

On finding something at Unclaimed Baggage Center, the Alabama store that sells what America loses.

Tuesday, October 20