Friday, May 3


James Baldwin: The Art of Fiction No. 78

“No one works better out of anguish at all; that’s an incredible literary conceit.”

The Latest from Longform Fiction

New on Longform Fiction

Every weekday, our editors recommend one short story from across the web on Longform Fiction. Three picks from this week:

Mexican Manifesto
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.

Stan's Report
Glen Pourciau • AGNI
Tension between two co-workers turns into a complicated game of lies and intentions.

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Deep Inside Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco

Creation of a fast food phenomenon.



Meet Krystal Ryan. She left her abusive husband.

Thursday, May 2


Trasmissions from Camp Trans

The author visits Camp Trans, an annual protest organized after the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival evicted a transsexual woman.


First Do No Harm

How OxyContin permeated one small town.


Our Radical Future: Cults, Utopias and Rebellions of the 1890s

On the holy city of Canudos, and other attempts at better living “by the dispossessed and marginalized the world over.”


The Killings in Kaufman

A legal battle over stolen computer monitors ends one man’s career and the lives of three others.

Wednesday, May 1


The Night New York Avoided a Riot

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.

Longform Podcast #39: Natasha Vargas-Cooper

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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Show Notes »

The Driver

On Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, “the world’s most wanted terrorist not named Osama bin Laden,” whose death five years ago remains a mystery.