Wednesday, August 1


Patton Oswalt's Letters to Both Sides

Creators, gatekeepers, and the future of the comedy business.

A transcript of Oswalt's keynote at last week's Just For Laughs conference.

Broken Heartland

The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains.


Healing Spirits

On the uneasy relationship between magic and medicine.


The Heretic

On the legal history of LSD in America and a researcher who never gave up on the drug’s promise.


Gore Vidal: The Art of Fiction No. 50

INTERVIEWER: You once said the novel is dead. VIDAL: That was a joke.

Tuesday, July 31


Adam Wheeler Went to Harvard

Adam Wheeler lied on his college application. Lawrence Summers facilitated the destruction of the global economy.

Only one of these Harvard men was given jail time.


How I Hacked My Brain with Adderall: A Cautionary Tale

“Transforming into an Administrative Jekyll for a certain amount of time every day limits the amount of time my Creative Hyde can come up with content to market and sell. Luckily, amphetamines have that problem tackled as well: when you’re using them, you don’t have to sleep… at all.”


The Tax Haven in the Heart of Britain

The history of the The City of London Corporation, a “prehistoric monster which had mysteriously survived into the modern world.”


An Odd Bird

When U.S. customs law met abstract art in the form of a bird, “shimmering and soaring toward the ceiling while the lawyers debated whether it was an ‘original sculpture’ or a metal ‘article or ware not specially provided for’ under the 1922 Tariff Act.”


Waiting for a Kill Shot 7,000 Miles Away

The emotional toll on drone pilots.

Monday, July 30


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance

This isn't an essay or simply a woe-is-we narrative about how hard it is to be a black boy in America. This is a lame attempt at remembering the contours of slow death and life in America for one black American teenager under Central Mississippi skies. I wish I could get my Yoda on right now and surmise all this shit into a clean sociopolitical pull-quote that shows supreme knowledge and absolute emotional transformation, but I don't want to lie.

Sex: The Multiplicity of Desire

A survey of sex on a Saturday night in New York City.