How companies and large temp agencies benefit from—and tacitly collaborate with—an underworld of labor brokers, known as “raiteros,” who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.
Sunday, May 5
A historic Little Rock building and its owner, before and after a catastrophic fire.
Saturday, May 4
“When a man steps onto the road, his journey begins. When a woman steps onto that same road, hers ends.”
Friday, May 3
An 8th-generation Louisvillian on the Kentucky Derby, bourbon and the history of his hometown.
“No one works better out of anguish at all; that’s an incredible literary conceit.”
Every weekday, our editors recommend one short story from across the web on Longform Fiction. Three picks from this week:
Roberto Bolaño • New Yorker
A series of mysterious, dangerous interactions in a Mexican bathhouse.
Sarah Gentile • Vol. 1 Brooklyn
A baby born in New Jersey grows and takes on the characteristics of a headstrong Russian woman.
Glen Pourciau • AGNI
Tension between two co-workers turns into a complicated game of lies and intentions.
Creation of a fast food phenomenon.
Thursday, May 2
The author visits Camp Trans, an annual protest organized after the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival evicted a transsexual woman.