The liberation of the Williams sisters.
Thursday, August 23
The false promise and double standard of integration in the Obama era.
Wednesday, August 22
The aftermath of a stranger’s death and the puzzle of psychosis.
David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker.
"You don't always know all the answers. I think that's what kinda makes life interesting. The thing that makes these stories real, while they are in some ways unfathomable, [is that] there's an uneasiness of certitude. Because there are things that are not always known, there are elements of doubt, and that can be very haunting ... In some of the stories, you get as close as you can to all you know—and then there are parts that elude you."
Show notes and links:
- "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon" (Amazon)
- "Crimetown, U.S.A." (The New Republic • July 2000)
- "The Yankee Comandante" (New Yorker • May 2012)
- "The Squid Hunter" (New Yorker • May 2004)
- "Trial By Fire" (New Yorker • Sep 2009)
- "The Chameleon" (New Yorker • Aug 2008)
- Grann on Longform
On a former Louisiana preacher who converted to Atheism.
A previously unpublished, 20,000-word interview with Eno.
Tuesday, August 21
A meditation on the “out-and-out confrontational confidence of the totally ignorant.”
Ervil LeBaron, the Mormon Manson, terrorized Mexico’s Mormon compounds, ordering the killing of enemies and relatives alike. Even after he was captured, followers continued treat the “Hit List” he left behind as the word of God.
“I am talking here about a time when I began to doubt the premises of all the stories I had ever told myself, a common condition but one I found troubling.”
Monday, August 20
The secretive financial behemoth that is the American Catholic Church.