Wednesday, February 27

Longform Podcast #30: Keith Gessen

Keith Gessen is the founding editor of n+1 and a contributor to The New Yorker.

"The founding editors are slowing down. We're not mad at anyone anymore. We think everything is great. ... But amazingly at n+1, we've had this younger generation of angry young women kind of rise up. Something has created space for young editors to come in and be really angry ... But that's holy, that's the thing that makes great writing: being angry."

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Show Notes »


The economics of being a young writer.


In the Footsteps of a Killer

From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. The author, along with several others, can’t stop working on the case.


African Dreamer

The diarist and photographer Peter Beard, known both for his series documenting a mass elephant starvation and for discovering the supermodel Iman on a Nairobi street, reflects on his life of “drugs, debt, and beautiful women” while recovering from being trampled by an elephant.

Tuesday, February 26


To Build a (Better) Fire

The quest to create a cheap, durable, clean stove for the masses.


The Ghost Writes Back

Confessions of a Sweet Valley High ghostwriter.


On Friendship

The author examines his closest relationships.


The Shape of History

On historian Ian Morris and his predictions for humanity’s future.

Monday, February 25


My Father the Dope Dealer

From 1975-1986, Anthony Edward Dokoupil distributed more than 50 tons of weed in the United States. The operation ruined his family and destroyed his life. Three decades later, his son came looking for answers.


The Boxer and The Blonde

“This is the story of Billy Conn, who won the girl he loved but lost the best fight ever.”


The Great Escape

How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.