Thursday, November 8


The Man Who Smelled Too Much

William Nowell got a windfall and got off the streets. The only problem were his neighbors – and his odor.


Book Shopping with the Best-Read Man in America

Browsing the stacks with The Washington Post’s Michael Dirda.

Wednesday, November 7


Rio: The Fight for the Favelas

On the experimental favela police force UPP (aka “The Big Skull”) and their efforts to clean Rio’s largest slum in advance of the World Cup and Olympics.


The World is Watching

The US election as witnessed by 25 reporters in 23 countries.

Longform Podcast #15: Jonah Weiner

Jonah Weiner, contributing editor at Rolling Stone, pop critic at Slate, and contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

"The thing that I've found useful is really actually to delete everything that I've written and go at it fresh, and re-envision it again: this is going to be my new lede now. That's really the best way to do it, because if there are these vestigial sentences, and vestigial sequences or paragraphs that are in the draft, for me, that's just going to snap me back to where my head was at, in an unproductive way ... Often, I'll find that that is just this great cure-all. Just delete it all, go for a walk or whatever, and then sit down and start writing an entirely different feature about the exact same subject."

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Show Notes »

Playboy Interview: Stephen Colbert

An out-of-character conversation.


What Happened to Michelle in Forest Hills?

Behind the tabloid story of the “murder orphan” in Queens.

Tuesday, November 6


Rock, Paper, Scissors

How America used to vote.


Come On, Feel the Buzz

On Politico's brand of insider journalism.


The Fifth Problem

How Moscow State university discriminated against Jewish applicants using deceptively simple problems.

Monday, November 5


In Cold Type

The backstory of “The Duke in His Domain,” Truman Capote’s 1957 New Yorker profile of Marlon Brando.


The Duke in His Domain

A profile of Marlon Brando, 33, holed up in a hotel suite in Kyoto where he was filming Sayonara.

My guide tapped at Brando's door, shrieked "Marron!," and fled away along the corridor, her kimono sleeves fluttering like the wings of a parakeet.