Thursday, January 16


Here Comes Everybody

What accounts for the gender gap in literary criticism?

Wednesday, January 15

Longform Podcast #75: George Saunders

George Saunders has written for The New Yorker and GQ. His latest collection of short stories is Tenth of December.

"Maybe you would understand your artistry to be: put me anywhere. I'll find human beings, I'll find human interest, I'll find literature. And I guess you could argue the weirder, or maybe the less explored the place, the better."

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Dr. V's Magical Putter

The very complicated life of Dr. Essay Anne Vanderbilt, who once built a very good golf club.

Update: Grantland has published a pair of responses to the reaction to this story, "What Grantland Got Wrong" by Christina Kahrl and "The Dr. V Story: A Letter From the Editor" by Bill Simmons.


Palace Intrigue

François Hollande campaigned as “Monsieur Normal,” but after taking office as France’s President, a single tweet exposed his twisted 20-year love triangle.

Tuesday, January 14


Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

“After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old.”


The Collateral Damage of a Teenager

What adolescence does to adolescents is nowhere near as brutal as what it does to their parents.

An excerpt from All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood.


Sabre Rattler

How a rogue p.r. man pulled a fast one on professional hockey.


A Toast Story

“More than a café, the shop is a carpentered-together, ingenious mechanism—a specialized tool—designed to keep Carrelli tethered to herself.”

Monday, January 13


Death Dust

It comes from the soil of the desert Southwest. Inhaled, it can cause incurable, even fatal illness. And, thanks to global warming, valley fever is spreading fast.


On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

An essay on meaningless work.


A Dangerous Mind

The case of Gilberto Valle, “The Cannibal Cop,” and the line between criminal thoughts and action.

Sunday, January 12


The White Ghetto

A report from Owsley County, Ky., the poorest county in America.