What it’s like to be Enzyte’s “Smiling Bob,” and other tales of acting as a product’s public face.
Friday, September 28
Thursday, September 27
Wandering through the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Wednesday, September 26
A day at the mall with the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Westerners’ spiritual quests in India gone wrong.
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."
- Lewis-Kraus on Longform
- A Sense of Direction on Amazon
- "In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online Cat-Industrial Complex" (Wired • Aug 2012)
- "Tokeville: On the Frontiers of Federalism and Dope" (Harper's • Dec 2009)
- "The Last Book Party" (Harper's • Mar 2009)
How a group of farmers came to believe that their relatives were returning from the grave.
A conversation on the “bedeviling sorts of indeterminacies one encounters the deeper one drills.”
Tuesday, September 25
The evolution of an obsession.