Saturday, September 29


On Falling Apart

On being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Friday, September 28


Imaginary Monsters Chased Jonny Holden All His Life, Then a Real One Caught Him

A family’s struggle with mental illness and the criminal justice system.


Return to the World as a Thought

The legacy of late hip-hop producer Paul C.


Georgia's Next Leader May Be a Billionaire Zookeeper with Albino Rapper Children

A profile of Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Published originally in GQ Russia.

Branded For Life

What it’s like to be Enzyte’s “Smiling Bob,” and other tales of acting as a product’s public face.

Thursday, September 27


"The Best TV Show That's Ever Been"

An oral history of Cheers.


What Katie Didn't Know

Scientology’s stronghold on Tom Cruise’s dating life.

Wednesday, September 26


The Perfect Level of Fame

A day at the mall with the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.


Death on the Path to Enlightenment

Westerners’ spiritual quests in India gone wrong.

Longform Podcast #8: Gideon Lewis-Kraus

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is the author of A Sense of Direction.

"My best friend, who is a fiction writer, she once said to me that she saw a lot of the things I was doing as 'wring tenderness from absurdity.' That wouldn't have occurred to me to put it that way, but that does seem to me [what] I like to do ... I am someone who can very easily be dismissive, or even contemptuous. And one of the things I like about reporting a story, particularly reporting a story that is ultimately, counterintuitively, positive, is that it gives me a chance to work through that, and be the more tender, sympathetic person that I would like to be in real life."

Show notes:

  2. Lewis-Kraus on Longform
  3. A Sense of Direction on Amazon
  4. "In Search of the Living, Purring, Singing Heart of the Online Cat-Industrial Complex" (Wired • Aug 2012)
  5. "Tokeville: On the Frontiers of Federalism and Dope" (Harper's • Dec 2009)
  6. "The Last Book Party" (Harper's • Mar 2009)