Wednesday, October 24

Longform Podcast #13: Adrian Chen

Adrian Chen is a staff writer at Gawker and editor at The New Inquiry.

"I've never written a magazine feature. [My writing is] similar, in that I try to bring in the bigger issues, and not just, you know, be funny or tell a sensational story. But I think it's also kind of rough and sketchy in the way that blog posts are. Longform blog writing is like, I don't spend a long time editing or looking it over. It's like, just type as fast as you can and try to cram all of your research in, and then it goes up."

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As a 15-year runaway hitchhiker, a trucker nearly killed the writer. Twenty seven years later, she investigates whether her attacker was truck stop serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades, who often kept his victims chained in the back of his truck for weeks before killing and dumping them.

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Why do Ikarians live so long—and remain mentally sharp until the end?

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On the novelist’s experience in movie-making.

Tuesday, October 23

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In the 1970s, Chile was on the verge of developing sophisticated technology to monitor its economy. Then America intervened.

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Profiles of people with genius-level IQs.

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“From all appearances, this place is still an earthly paradise. There is just one problem, though you could stare at this palm grove for a lifetime and never see it. The soil under our feet, whitish gray in color with flecks of coral, contains a radioactive isotope called cesium 137.”

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“His seeming ease belies the anxiety and emotion that advisers say he brings to his historic position: pride in what he has accomplished, determination to acquit himself well and intense frustration.”

Monday, October 22

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Life at Marvel Comics in the mid-1960s.

An excerpt from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.
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A tragic car crash, its lone survivor, and his reeling town.

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Forty years after its release, the story of “Free to Be… You and Me.”