Saturday, November 3


Biafra: A People Betrayed

“Biafra lost its freedom, of course, and I was in the middle of it as all its fronts were collapsing. I flew in from Gabon on the night of January 3, with bags of corn, beans, and powdered milk, aboard a blacked out DC6 chartered by Caritas, the Roman Catholic relief organization. I flew out six nights later on an empty DC4 chartered by the French Red Cross. It was the last plane to leave Biafra that was not fired upon.”

Friday, November 2


Slash and Burn

The rise of One Direction fanfiction that imagines the band members in relationships – with each other.


This Movie Is Rated Wu

A profile of RZA, hip-hop artist and kung fu film director.


Light Entertainment

An essay on Jimmy Savile, British television and child sexual abuse.

Thursday, November 1


The Un-Communicator

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, profiled.


A Gated Community

Each year, thousands of people pay to play eighteen holes of golf at Angola, “the largest maximum-security prison in the country.”


The Case of the Mormon Historian

Michael Quinn took on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – and lost.


Wednesday, October 31


Clear Eyes, Full Plates, Can't Puke

Behind the scenes of the lovely, strange world of competitive eating.

Longform Podcast #14: David Samuels

David Samuels is a contributing editor at Harper's and contributor to The New Yorker and The Atlantic.

"You start by doing the thing you want to do, at whatever level you can. There's this idea that you work your way up by writing captions, and then capsule film reviews or whatever, and I don't think it works that way. I think you learn to master a form, and you start by doing the thing you want to do. At first you're not going to do it as well as you wish you could, and then you learn. At the same time, I think, there's so much dreck, and there's so many people who don't care about doing the thing well, that when that kid walks in your door and they want to do the thing, you say 'Sure,' because it doesn't cost you anything, you look at it, and there's actually some energy on the page, like, yeah, it's bad, but it's bad in a different way. It's bad in the way of someone who might eventually be good."

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Wild Things

Animal nature, human racism, and the future of zoos.