Friday, October 18


The Strava Files

After two cycling-related deaths, the social fitness network becomes a target.

Thursday, October 17

Longform Podcast #64: Gay Talese

Gay Talese, who wrote for Esquire in the 1960s and currently contributes to The New Yorker, is the author of several books. His latest is A Writer's Life.

"I want to know how people did what they did. And I want to know how that compares with how I did what I did. That's my whole life. It's not really a life. It's a life of inquiry. It's a life of getting off your ass, knocking on a door, walking a few steps or a great distance to pursue a story. That's all it is: a life of boundless curiosity in which you indulge yourself and never miss an opportunity to talk to someone at length."

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Show Notes »

The Octopus That Almost Ate Seattle

The Giant Pacific Octopus is, in the words of a Seattle conservationist, a “glamour animal.” It is also tasty. Therein lies the conflict.


Make It Scream, Make It Burn

An analysis of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Cotton Tenants, the original manuscript.

Wednesday, October 16


My Life With the Thrill-Clit Cult

Investigating San Francisco’s OneTaste, which promises personal and professional success through the practice of orgasmic meditation.


Longform Fiction Pick: "Necropolis"

An animal's corpse disrupts a humdrum workday in this early story by Eleanor Catton, the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize.


Cargo Cult Science

On the science of being fooled.

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself--and you are the easiest person to fool.

Portrait of an Afghan Assassin

Investigating the spike in Afghan-on-American military murders.


The Last Ride of a Cleveland Hells Angel Informant

A Hells Angel informant’s path from destruction to redemption and back, and a family’s trouble with witness protection.

Tuesday, October 15


20 Minutes at Rucker Park

A basketball player, broke and without a Plan B, travels across the country for one last shot at glory.


A Philosophy of Tickling

“Why do people laugh when tickled? Why can’t you tickle yourself? Why are certain parts of the body more ticklish than others? Why do some people enjoy tickling and others not? And what is tickling, after all?”


Nights Out In a New Town

Traveling with a sex tourist to the Uzbek city of Tashkent. Excerpted from the forthcoming book If It's Monday It Must Be Madurai.