Thursday, April 24


Death and Anger on Everest

The unequal risk of climbing Mount Everest.


The Faulkner Truthers

Is a well-received work of William Faulkner scholarship a hoax?


Two Degrees

How the world failed on climate change.


Invisible, Inc.

Did Thomas Pynchon write a series of letters to Northern California newspapers under the pseudonym “Wanda Tinasky”?

Wednesday, April 23


No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush

The dark side of startup life in Silicon Valley.

An extended version of this story is available as an ebook.

Longform Podcast #89: Alice Gregory

Alice Gregory has written for GQ, The New York Times, n+1 and Harper's.

"If you don't have a real story with a beginning, middle and an end, you owe it to the reader to kind of serve as their chaperone."

Thanks to TinyLetter and EA SPORTS FIFA WORLD CUP for sponsoring this week's episode.

Show Notes »

What Michael Did

Twelve years ago, Michael Stewart killed his mother during a psychotic episode. How he and his family are coping today.


The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

The first living ex-pope in 600 years watches as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy.

Tuesday, April 22


Behind the Beanie Babies: The Secret Life of Ty Warner

A profile of the reclusive billionaire who orchestrated a collectible toy craze.


Blow Up the Box

An interview with Barry Diller about Aereo and the past, present and future of TV.

Previously: Vanessa Grigoriadis on the Longform Podcast.