Wednesday, June 4

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Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant?

“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?’”

Longform Podcast #95: Wesley Morris

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."

Thanks to this week's sponsors, Warby Parker and TinyLetter.

Show Notes »
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The Creative Mastermind

An interview with Curtis Mayfield.

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Being Gay in Iran

Coming out in a country where that can get you killed.

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The Book on Publishing

The decade-long journey of a novel–Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding–through the unpredictable world of book publishing.

Tuesday, June 3

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Letters From an Arsonist

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.

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Sacrament

On wine’s sacred and profane history.

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Hail Dayton

The legacy of the Scopes trial on one Tennesse town.

Monday, June 2

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Be Bossy

A profile of Sophia Amoruso, the 30-year-old CEO of Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS.

Previously: Molly Young on the Longform Podcast.

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Mother Earth Mother Board

A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.

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Opportunity's Knocks

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.