Monday, May 26



On Edward St. Aubyn’s autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels.


The Song Remains Pretty Similar

On a recent lawsuit over Stairway to Heaven and Led Zeppelin’s deep catalog of songs that were revealed to have been written by others.


The Holy Saint (and Sinner) of Sex Trafficking

Somaly Mam’s harrowing story of her own flight from sexual servitude and the stories of hundreds of girls she rescued from Cambodian brothels brought her fame and helped raise millions for her non-profit. Does it matter if none or few of the stories are true?

Sunday, May 25


Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?

When David Sneddon disappeared hiking around western China, officials chalked it up to a drowning. A decade later, it appears he had been kidnapped and taken to North Korea.

Saturday, May 24


"Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry"

The laundry wars of Silicon Valley.


Fiction Pick of the Week: "We're Coming for Them"

A study in building spaceships.

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How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star

Tom Cruise did not, in fact, jump up and down on Oprah’s couch.

Friday, May 23


Murder and Revenge in Papua New Guinea

Deep in the jungle, the tourists were targetted, but only the porters were hacked by the machetes. Was it a robbery? Or a deeper pattern of violence amongst ancient tribes?


The Mansion: A Subprime Parable

On the urge to live in a house you can't afford, the "acceptable lust" of American life.

Previously: Michael Lewis on the Longform Podcast.


The Dream-Time of the World Cup

“Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.”


“I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family”

Scott Catt was a single dad trying to make ends meet, so he started robbing banks. Then he needed accomplices, so he asked his kids.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists.