“What kind of a person looks upon the world’s largest land animal—a beast that mourns its dead and lives to retirement age and can distinguish the voice of its enemies—and instead of saying ‘Wow!’ says something like ‘Where’s my gun?’”
Wednesday, June 4
Wesley Morris, a Pulitzer Prize winner, covers film at Grantland.
"That's what writing about race and popular culture is for me: it's crime reporting. It's not me looking for an agenda when I go to the movies ... but I feel a moral responsibility to report a crime being committed. That's what I'm forced to do over and over again."
The decade-long journey of a novel–Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding–through the unpredictable world of book publishing.
Tuesday, June 3
Thomas Sweatt torched D.C. for decades and was finally jailed for killing one person. During a year-long correspondence from prison with a reporter, he confessed there were more.
Previously: The Longform Guide to Fire.
How Michael Jordan beat Magic Johnson and won his first NBA championship.
Excerpted from Playing for Keeps, available for $4.99 from Open Road Integrated Media.
Monday, June 2
A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.
Tereza Sedgwick trains to become a nurse aid, the fastest-growing job in America. It pays just better than minimum wage and has one of the highest burnout rates of any career.
Previously: Eli Saslow on the Longform Podcast.