Thursday, April 16

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Keezus

On Kendall Jenner, public versus private lives, and the American Dream.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Of Two Minds"

A story of the very complicated demographics of small-town life.

"But I’m no country bumpkin, let me tell you. Cultural institutions in Spencer include a glass studio, a community theater, and a bona fide art school, which relocated in 2008 from the city of Detroit, which as you might have guessed, did not make the cut for Relocate-America.com’s Top 100 Places to Live for 2007. Hence, the art school moving to Spencer. If you’re wondering how a city gets on the list, it says on Relocate-America.com’s website that theirs is the “only list that is determined by statistics and feedback of the people who live, work & play in these communities.” So basically, they take in consideration both fact and opinion and process them in a secret formula to produce a totally non-biased ranking based not just on numbers but also on the enthusiasm of Real People Who Definitely Live There. This explains why we are only three slots down from San Francisco, California on the rankings, because we are definitely on par with a major metropolitan, ocean-bordering melting pot with a majority-minority population of close to a million people where it Doesn’t Snow Ever; anyone who’s ever been to Spencer, Iowa can attest to that."

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The Terrible Things I Learned About My Dad: On Abuse and the People We Love

The author discovers devastating secrets while going through her late father’s belongings.

Wednesday, April 15

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This Magic Moment

David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos and director of the series finale, analyzes the final scene shot-by-shot.

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Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

Longform Podcast #137: Rachel Syme

Rachel Syme has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Grantland, and more.

“You have this sense that you’re bonding, but at the same time you're also going to betray them. Because if you hear this quote that they say or you see it in a mannerism, you write it in your notebook and you think ‘I got it.’”

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The Gangster in the Huddle

The double life of Aaron Hernandez.

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Trash Food

The complicated class politics of American eating habits.

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Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

On his anxiety as a teenager, the treatment he was given for it, and the way that the psychiatry of the day failed his family.

Tuesday, April 14

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A Tale of Two Poets

On the parallel sadness of Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Bishop.

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The Tragic Love Story Of Christy Mack and MMA Fighter War Machine

The woman that the mixed martial arts star beat nearly to death tells her side of the story.

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The Insane Story of the Guy Who Killed the Guy Who Killed Lincoln

The man who killed John Wilkes Booth was a eunuch. By choice.