Wednesday, April 11

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Interview: Sandra Bernhard

BARR: What makes you laugh? BERNHARD: Well, it's really a myriad of things, but usually it's something that's very organic. It's something that happens on the street. BARR: Like fat people falling down? BERNHARD: No, no . . . [laughs] BARR: That really cracks me up. It's terrible.

Tuesday, April 10

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KFC's Big Game of Chicken

How KFC brought fried chicken to China and Africa as U.S. sales slumped.

The William Langewiesche Archive on Longform

The William Langewiesche Archive



From shipbreakers in India to a plane crash in Brazil, organized crime in Naples to pirates in the Gulf of Aden—16 stories by a master of narrative non-fiction. Our Langewiesche archive.

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The Camorra Never Sleeps

The enduring system of organized crime in Naples.

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On Tipping in Cuba

Colonialism, the convertible peso, and the strange dance between the cheap beach tourist and the tour guide tout.

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The Mystery of Why Marine Noah Pippin Went AWOL

The search for a missing soldier.

Monday, April 9

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Why Are So Many Americans Single?

On living alone, which more people are doing today than ever before.

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The Invaders

A writer’s trip home to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and the racetrack inextricably linked with the histories of his family and his hometown.

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Leaving Reality

Life after a stint on The Real World.

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What’s Eating the NYPD?

The toll of being a cop on the most successful force in the country.

Sunday, April 8

The Longform Guide to Animal Attacks

The Longform Guide to Animal Attacks



From grizzlies in Alaska to whales at SeaWorld, stories of animals turning on humans. At Slate.

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Ring My Bell

A history of the cell phone ringtone.

Many recent hip-hop songs make terrific ringtones because they already sound like ringtones. The polyphonic and master-tone versions of “Goodies,” by Ciara, for example, are nearly identical. Ringtones, it turns out, are inherently pop: musical expression distilled to one urgent, representative hook. As ringtones become part of our environment, they could push pop music toward new levels of concision, repetition, and catchiness.