Monday, October 21

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Hidden City

The homeless population of New York City is higher than it’s been in decades. Nobody seems to notice.

Sunday, October 20

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For $99, This CEO Can Tell You What Might Kill You

On the personal genetic sequencing company 23andMe and why their long time term strategy is collecting spit, not cash.

Saturday, October 19

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The Art of Stealing

Last year, a group of young Romanians stole millions of euros worth of art from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. They had previously only robbed homes and thought the artwork would be easy to sell. It was not. So they secreted it back home, where, in an effort to save her son, the leader’s mother burned it.

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Michael Ferro Isn't Worried

When an antsy tech entrepreneur takes over a struggling newspaper.

Friday, October 18

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The War for Nigeria

How sectarian violence has made life in northern Nigeria “incomprehensibly frightful.”

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Town of the Living Dead

The authors spend time in Concord, Mass., with people who impersonate Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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The Strava Files

After two cycling-related deaths, the social fitness network becomes a target.

Thursday, October 17

Longform Podcast #64: Gay Talese

Gay Talese, who wrote for Esquire in the 1960s and currently contributes to The New Yorker, is the author of several books. His latest is A Writer's Life.

"I want to know how people did what they did. And I want to know how that compares with how I did what I did. That's my whole life. It's not really a life. It's a life of inquiry. It's a life of getting off your ass, knocking on a door, walking a few steps or a great distance to pursue a story. That's all it is: a life of boundless curiosity in which you indulge yourself and never miss an opportunity to talk to someone at length."

Thanks to TinyLetter and Warby Parker for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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The Octopus That Almost Ate Seattle

The Giant Pacific Octopus is, in the words of a Seattle conservationist, a “glamour animal.” It is also tasty. Therein lies the conflict.

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Make It Scream, Make It Burn

An analysis of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Cotton Tenants, the original manuscript.

Wednesday, October 16

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My Life With the Thrill-Clit Cult

Investigating San Francisco’s OneTaste, which promises personal and professional success through the practice of orgasmic meditation.