Friday, April 11


“In the recent history of American music, there’s no figure parallel to Lehrer in his effortless ascent to fame, his trajectory into the heart of the culture — and then his quiet, amiable, inexplicable departure.”

Thursday, April 10


“Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, I have been making as much noise as I can…”


An ode to aging.


Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, on crying in movie theaters, “attention whores” and David Foster Wallace.


“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.”

Wednesday, April 9


Scenes from a Bowery flophouse.

Longform Podcast #87: Amanda Hess

Amanda Hess, a staff writer at Slate, has also written for Pacific Standard, GOOD, and ESPN the Magazine.

"I ended up not loving the fact that I was getting a bunch of calls from MSNBC and CNN, who mostly wanted to talk about people threatening to rape and kill me and only a tiny bit about the story I'd written. ... It was tiring, and it seemed dismissive of me as a person. It's a strange thing to become somebody else's story, especially when the story is: You're a victim of an insane online harasser. That's who you are."

Thanks to this week's sponsors, TinyLetter and Oyster Books.

Show notes:

  1. @amandahess
  2. Hess on Longform
  4. [3:15] "Point Taken" (Washington City Paper • Mar 2008)
  5. [9:30] The Sexist blog
  6. [18:30] "What Women Want: Porn and the Frontier of Female Sexuality" (Good • Nov 2011)
  7. [31:30] "Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet" (Pacific Standard • Jan 2014)
  8. [46:45] "Just Cheer, Baby" (ESPN The Magazine • Apr 2014)
  9. [47:00] "You Can Only Hope to Contain Them" (ESPN The Magazine • Jul 2013)

Serial arson in rural Virginia: a love story.

Previously: The Longorm Guide to Fire.


A profile of Valeria Lukyanova, otherwise known as the “Human Barbie.”


Jai Alai once packed Florida’s frontons with gamblers and glamor. Today, America is down to a single top-level pro who plays under the name Tevin in honor of Tevin Campbell.

Tuesday, April 8


The last days of Jean-Michel Basquiat.