Saturday, April 19


The Bill Watterson Interview

A conversation with the author of Calvin and Hobbes.

Friday, April 18


Bonfire of the Humanities

Investigating the burning of ancient books by rebels in Timbuktu.


The Death of Rodríguez

An execution in war-torn Cuba.


High Tech

On Silicon Valley's newfound interest in the weed business.

Previously: Mat Honan on the Longform Podcast.


Year of the Pigskin

A season with the American Football League of China.

Thursday, April 17


Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Art of Fiction No. 69

“In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”


The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans

Why 18th-century French police obsessively tracked elite sex workers.


Segregation Now

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, Southern schools have been resegregated.


How the President Got to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage

Barack Obama wanted to endorse gay marriage on his own timetable. Joe Biden had other plans.

Wednesday, April 16


A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation

Inside the lack of an investigation into Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Longform Podcast #88: Sam Biddle

Sam Biddle writes for Valleywag.

"It's a lot of overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether and passing them around. Considering Silicon Valley worthy of contempt is the first premise that we work from."

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