Thursday, September 27

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Scientology’s stronghold on Tom Cruise’s dating life.

Wednesday, September 26

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A day at the mall with the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

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Westerners’ spiritual quests in India gone wrong.

Longform Podcast #8: Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is the author of A Sense of Direction.

"My best friend, who is a fiction writer, she once said to me that she saw a lot of the things I was doing as 'wring tenderness from absurdity.' That wouldn't have occurred to me to put it that way, but that does seem to me [what] I like to do ... I am someone who can very easily be dismissive, or even contemptuous. And one of the things I like about reporting a story, particularly reporting a story that is ultimately, counterintuitively, positive, is that it gives me a chance to work through that, and be the more tender, sympathetic person that I would like to be in real life."


Show notes:

  1. GideonLK.com
  2. Lewis-Kraus on Longform
  3. A Sense of Direction on Amazon
  4. "In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online Cat-Industrial Complex" (Wired • Aug 2012)
  5. "Tokeville: On the Frontiers of Federalism and Dope" (Harper's • Dec 2009)
  6. "The Last Book Party" (Harper's • Mar 2009)
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How a group of farmers came to believe that their relatives were returning from the grave.

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A conversation on the “bedeviling sorts of indeterminacies one encounters the deeper one drills.”

Tuesday, September 25

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On China’s pop music charm offensive.

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