Thursday, February 26


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Your Uncle Scott is a Lake Monster"

A lake house; complex family mysteries and horrors.

"From the backseat, I pull the hammer. I’m prepared to use it. I considered a hatchet, but it’s my brother."

Wednesday, February 25


How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day

A segregated housing development washed away in a flood can still explain why Portland, Oregon, is such a “white” city.

Longform Podcast #130: Mac McClelland

Mac McClelland has written for Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Matter and others. Her book Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story came out this week.

“I would just suddenly start sobbing, which is not something I usually do. I felt like I needed to be drunk all the time, which is also not something I usually do. I was having nightmares and I was having flashbacks. I was terrified and confused and disoriented all the time. I was a completely different person, completely unrecognizable even to myself.”

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How I Learned To Be OK With Feeling Sad

It wasn’t easy, or cheap.


Some Hollywood Extras Suffer, but Others Are Rolling in It

It’s quite possible to make six figures standing around on a movie set – if you have a union card.


The Troubled History of the Foreskin

It isn’t easy to find out the truth about the benefits of male circumcision.

Tuesday, February 24


How Crazy Am I to Think I Actually Know Where that Malaysia Airline Plane Is?

“Okay,” I said. “What do you think is the percentage chance that I’m right?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “Five percent?”


A Wilderness of Waiting

Living on your parents’ farm while pregnant changes your relationship to time.


Hoax: Secrets That Truman Capote Took to the Grave

Uncovering the real story behind Capote’s Hand-Carved Coffins.


How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited An International Incident

Justice isn’t so easy to come by when an American soldier stationed abroad is accused of murder.

Monday, February 23


A City of Two Tales

The Cleveland police are still adamant that they did nothing wrong in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.


To Love and to Cherish

The love story behind the battle over gay marriage in Texas.