“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
Friday, October 23
Thursday, October 22
Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan.
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A love triangle between two married professors and the dean goes public.
Wednesday, October 21
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.
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.”
On finding something at Unclaimed Baggage Center, the Alabama store that sells what America loses.