Thursday, June 20


I Was Paid $12.50 an Hour to Write This Story

The economics of freelance journalism in 2013.


Garden State Warrior: 11 Moments with James Gandolfini

“In the past, when he has spoken, he has sometimes replied to questions by protesting that he is boring. Maybe he believes that this is the case, or just believes there is no point in allowing himself to seem interesting in the way interviewers usually want people to be. Still, he has told himself that tonight he will be truthful. He’s feeling calmer these days. He has not had one of these conversations for a while, and he intends it to be a long time before he has another.”


When the Monks Come to Town

Why hundreds of Buddhist monks moved from Taiwan to Prince Edward Island, buying up thousands of acres of land in the process.

Wednesday, June 19


The Last Days Of Jam Master Jay

On the murder of Jam Master Jay.

Longform Podcast #46: Nicholas Schmidle

Nicholas Schmidle is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

"I was in a taxi, leaving Karachi to go attend this festival, and we started getting these very disturbing phone calls from newspaper reporters that didn't exist, all of them asking me to meet them at various places in Karachi. I had read enough about the Daniel Pearl case to know what happened in the days leading up, and this was very similar. ... We kept driving towards the festival, and shortly after that, friends started calling. They were watching local television, and it was being reported that 'Nicholas Shamble,' editor of Smithsonian Magazine, had been kidnapped. And I was like, 'All right, I get the hint.'"

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Show Notes »

The Price of Loyalty in Syria

On living in Syria as an Alawite loyalist.


Missing Michael Hastings

A eulogy for the journalist.

Tuesday, June 18


Shutter Madness

On photographer Garry Winogrand and the unedited archive of more than half a million exposures he left behind.


The Graduate

On navigating the New York media world as a young journalist.


The Whaleboat

“When I look at Mr. McCreery’s boat… I know that life is wild, dangerous, beautiful.”