Friday, April 11

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A profile of photographer Ryan McGinley.

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The story of a massacre in El Salvador.

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“In the recent history of American music, there’s no figure parallel to Lehrer in his effortless ascent to fame, his trajectory into the heart of the culture — and then his quiet, amiable, inexplicable departure.”

Thursday, April 10

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“Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, I have been making as much noise as I can…”

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An ode to aging.

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Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, on crying in movie theaters, “attention whores” and David Foster Wallace.

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“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

Wednesday, April 9

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Scenes from a Bowery flophouse.

Longform Podcast #87: Amanda Hess

Amanda Hess, a staff writer at Slate, has also written for Pacific Standard, GOOD, and ESPN the Magazine.

"I ended up not loving the fact that I was getting a bunch of calls from MSNBC and CNN, who mostly wanted to talk about people threatening to rape and kill me and only a tiny bit about the story I'd written. ... It was tiring, and it seemed dismissive of me as a person. It's a strange thing to become somebody else's story, especially when the story is: You're a victim of an insane online harasser. That's who you are."

Thanks to this week's sponsors, TinyLetter and Oyster Books.


Show notes:

  1. @amandahess
  2. Hess on Longform
  3. sexwithamandahess.com
  4. [3:15] "Point Taken" (Washington City Paper • Mar 2008)
  5. [9:30] The Sexist blog
  6. [18:30] "What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality" (Good • Nov 2011)
  7. [31:30] "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet" (Pacific Standard • Jan 2014)
  8. [46:45] "Just Cheer, Baby" (ESPN The Magazine • Apr 2014)
  9. [47:00] "You Can Only Hope to Contain Them" (ESPN The Magazine • Jul 2013)
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Serial arson in rural Virginia: a love story.

Previously: The Longorm Guide to Fire.

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A profile of Valeria Lukyanova, otherwise known as the “Human Barbie.”