Tuesday, April 10

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.

Saturday, April 7

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Art for Everybody

On the empire built by “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade.

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New Tiger, Old Stripes

How the golfer hasn’t changed, post-scandal.

Try as his publicity squad might, it's tough to maintain—or now restore—the Tiger Image when former insiders sprout secret-sharing campaigns. "It's always a divorce," David Feherty, longtime commentator and golf-gab-show host, told me recently. "Tiger expects the curtains to remain drawn, and when somebody opens them, it pisses him off. He has appeared superhuman for so long, and it's like he feels the need to perpetuate that myth."