Friday, October 11

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The Secrets of Bezos

What it’s like to work for, compete against, and find out you’re the biological father of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. An excerpt from The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.

Thursday, October 10

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The Obama Administration and the Press

The White House’s unprecedented crackdown on reporters.

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Alice Munro: The Art of Fiction No. 137

“I think I knew that at heart I was an aging spinster.”

Wednesday, October 9

Longform Podcast #63: Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson, a contributor to This American Life, The Guardian and GQ, is the author of six books, including The Men Who Stare at Goats. His latest is Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries.

"The older you get, you realize that no uncomfortable fact makes your story worse. Contradictions are great. What's bad, what to me is the worst journalistic sin, is ridiculous polemicism. ... To me, the contradictions, the story not turning out the way you want—you have to be a twig in the tidal wave of the story."

Thanks to TinyLetter, EA SPORTS FIFA 14 and Learnvest for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »
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The Ghost of Speedy Cannon

How race and recollection still frame an Alabama football fatality 40 years later.

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Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago

How Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars.

Tuesday, October 8

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The Andrew Wylie Rules

An interview with the literary agent about the state of the book industry and how, at least for him, it continues to be quite lucrative.

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Failure Is Not an Option

A decorated college track coach, forced to resign because of an affair she had with a athlete 10 years before, fights back.

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Frank Sinatra Has a Cold: Annotated

The 1966 Esquire profile, with notes from the author.

On Thursday, October 10, Gay Talese will tape a live episode of the Longorm Podcast at NYU. The event is free and open to the public.

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Chris Brown: 'It Was the Biggest Wake-Up Call'

“The first point he makes several times is that his new album will appeal to everyone; the second is that he is a changed man who’s grown up and calmed down. All I can say with certainty is that Brown is a stranger to the concepts of modesty and consistency.”

Monday, October 7

The Longform Guide to the Music Industry

The Longform Guide to the Music Industry

The man who made Bieber, how Nickelback cashes in, and the story of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun—a collection of classic articles about the music industry.