“No one works better out of anguish at all; that’s an incredible literary conceit.”
Friday, May 3
Every weekday, our editors recommend one short story from across the web on Longform Fiction. Three picks from this week:
Roberto Bolaño • New Yorker
A series of mysterious, dangerous interactions in a Mexican bathhouse.
Sarah Gentile • Vol. 1 Brooklyn
A baby born in New Jersey grows and takes on the characteristics of a headstrong Russian woman.
Glen Pourciau • AGNI
Tension between two co-workers turns into a complicated game of lies and intentions.
Creation of a fast food phenomenon.
Thursday, May 2
The author visits Camp Trans, an annual protest organized after the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival evicted a transsexual woman.
On the holy city of Canudos, and other attempts at better living “by the dispossessed and marginalized the world over.”
A legal battle over stolen computer monitors ends one man’s career and the lives of three others.
Wednesday, May 1
In the days following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, more than 100 cities experienced significant civil disturbance. In New York, everyone expected riots. What happened next.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper has written for GQ, Spin and BuzzFeed.
"Writing is the worst part of this gig for me. I hate sitting down and writing; it's being with my worst self. … But then, when it's over, it's the best. I have no greater joy than reading what I've published—with the exception of some editors who have fucked up my shit."
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On Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, “the world’s most wanted terrorist not named Osama bin Laden,” whose death five years ago remains a mystery.