Friday, April 10


Jonathan Franzen's Big Book

Before The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen was just another literary novelist with a new book coming out.


Lagos Must Prosper

The hopes, dreams and failures of Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Thursday, April 9


Jason Rabedeaux Was Here

The mysterious death of one of college basketball’s most promising coaches.


Robby Mook Just Took the Hardest Job in Politics

Meet a man who could be called the “Hillaryland Whisperer.”


Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Cigarettes"

A young boy, a pack of cigarettes, a looming summer.

"But he had found them. They were his, and he was going to smoke one or maybe three or four if that’s what he decided. And plus by himself, as in totally alone. And no one could stop him, no one, for that matter, would even know. He looked around again and saw the same—lazy cars and robins, the willow with its doves, an old man down the street, that was it, and sun and sky and breeze."


Upon Further Review

Darren Sharper was once an NFL star. He was also a serial rapist, one who law enforcement failed to stop.

Wednesday, April 8


On the Road with Hannibal Buress, Comedy's Most Respected Slacker

A portrait of a comedian in the moment just before he becomes huge.


Sight Unseen

The allure of invisibility.

Longform Podcast #136: Anna Sale

Anna Sale is the host of Death, Sex & Money.

“It's the result of listening, of feeling listened to, that people open up. I look like a crazy person when I do interviews, because sometimes someone will be describing something and I will close my eyes and try to picture what they’re telling me. And if I can’t picture the moment they’re describing I’ll just try to dig in a little bit more.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, The Great Courses, MarketingProfs, and WealthFront for sponsoring this week's episode.

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After robbing two video stores with a friend, Rene Lima-Marin was sentenced to almost 100 years in prison. Then, due to a clerical error, he was released 88 years too early.

Tuesday, April 7


The Assistant Economy

Nowadays, the young and privileged view un- and under-paid assistantships as the road to a successful creative career. Are they deluding themselves?