On Kendall Jenner, public versus private lives, and the American Dream.
Thursday, April 16
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."
The author discovers devastating secrets while going through her late father’s belongings.
Wednesday, April 15
David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos and director of the series finale, analyzes the final scene shot-by-shot.
How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.
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.’”
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
On the parallel sadness of Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Bishop.
The woman that the mixed martial arts star beat nearly to death tells her side of the story.
The man who killed John Wilkes Booth was a eunuch. By choice.