How to understand the real-world value of things that are worth nothing and everything at once.
Saturday, August 16
Friday, August 15
On the platonic but volatile relationship between fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010 and professional muse Isabella Blow, who committed suicide in 2007.
Two days in crisis.
At that moment, I didn’t feel like a journalist. There was nothing about this event that I felt the need to chronicle. There was no time to find out what the bombs actually were and what was actually coming out of the guns and what type of gas was coming out of the canisters. In this moment, there was nothing I felt the need to broadcast to the world. I didn’t even have the desire to communicate my safety or lack thereof.
I was just a black man in Ferguson.
A profile of Thelonious Monk.
Hear Lewis Lapham discuss this article and more on the latest Longform Podcast.
Inside the dark, lucrative world of consumer debt collection.
Excerpted from Bad Paper.
Pitcairn Island is impossibly remote, populated by descendants of a ship of British mutineers. Revelations that child molestation and rape had been a way of life for generations exposed them to the outside world.
Thursday, August 14
The antagonistic partnership that produced Sunset Boulevard.
“What transpired in the streets appeared to be a kind of municipal version of shock and awe.”
This is what happens when you concoct game-fixing allegations against a Major League pitcher because of a perceived slight on Facebook.
Wednesday, August 13
A profile of Florida’s former (and perhaps future) governor.
Lewis Lapham, formerly the editor of Harper's, is the founder of Lapham's Quarterly.
"The best part of my job was to come across a manuscript. You never knew what would show up. ... I always had the sense of opening a present, hoping to be both delighted and surprised. Often I was disappointed. But when I wasn't, it was a lot of fun. And word got around that I was that kind of an editor, that I was willing to try anything if you could make it interesting."